Instead of dental implants, another option to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge. Better Dental offers all-porcelain bridges, covered by our Better Dental Guarantee.
Having one or more missing teeth can be an embarrassing and unattractive condition. It can also make chewing, drinking and sometimes even talking difficult. Left uncorrected, adjacent teeth will drift to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. This can lead to problems with bite alignment, gum disease and even temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), an often painful jaw joint condition.
A dental bridge, as its name implies, bridges the gap in your teeth to form a seamless and natural transition between your remaining teeth and the porcelain replacement. The dental bridge requires two adjacent teeth to serve as anchors to support the replacement tooth. The tops of these anchor teeth are trimmed and capped with crowns, and the porcelain replacement tooth is secured to the crown anchors on either side of the empty space. The bridge is then fully cemented to your teeth and becomes a permanent addition to your smile.
Here are the four main types of dental bridges offered by Better Dental:
Traditional Bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth, with a replacement tooth anchored to the supporting teeth for permanent stability. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. Hey, didn’t we just talk about this?
Maryland Bonded Bridges consist of a porcelain crown, flanked by porcelain wings on either side of the tooth that are bonded to existing teeth. These are typically recommended for replacing a missing front tooth, as opposed to a back tooth. Maryland bridges are named for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where they were invented (which happens to be Dr. Draper’s alma mater)
Cantilever Bridges are used when there is only one neighboring tooth available to support the bridge. A traditional bridge is preferred, as it provides better support and placement. Cantilever bridges are not usually the most ideal solution, due to that lack of support, and we may recommend an alternate treatment such as a dental implant.
Implant-Supported Bridgesare similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the front of the tooth loss area and one behind. After that, a one-piece porcelain restoration (bridge) can span the entire space creating a beautiful end result.