Having one or several missing teeth doesn’t have to be the end of the world for you or for the millions of other people who suffer from this problem. Whether your teeth are missing or decayed, there are several options for replacing them, including dental bridges. At The Dental Team in Brookfield, CT, the dentist offers four main types of bridges to help fix your smile and return your self-confidence.
Traditional bridges are the most popular type put in place at the Dental Team. They are made up of either one or more replacement teeth and are held in place using dental crowns. Your missing teeth act as anchors for the missing ones, and they are cemented onto them to keep them in place.
This type of bridge works well if you have enough natural teeth left to cement onto. Even molars can be replaced with traditional bridges. One downside to traditional bridges is the fact that your dentist at the Dental Team will need to scour enamel off of adjacent teeth to make room for the crowns. Since removing enamel is a permanent procedure, these teeth will always need crowns to protect them.
Similar to traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges are supported by dental crowns. The main difference is that the pontic is supported on just one side instead of both. Therefore, if you have only a natural tooth on one side, you can still have a bridge put in place.
Considered to be more conservative than traditional dental bridges, the Maryland bridge consists of a pontic that is held in place by either a porcelain or metal framework. This framework is cemented onto the backs of the teeth next to the one you’re trying to replace. Since it does not need crowns, the teeth will not be filed.
This type of bridge can work well, but it does have a downside. The strength of the dental bridge is reliant on the strength of the dental bonding material that’s holding it in place. This means that you don’t want to use it on your molars.
For smiles missing more than one tooth, implant-supported bridges are a great option. They are supported by dental implants. There is one dental implant used for each of your missing teeth, and the series of the implants will hold the bridge in place. You’ll have to endure two different surgeries; the first will place the implants, and the second will place the bridge. Then your dental implants will act like natural teeth.