1. What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge, also known as “fixed bridge” or “fixed dental prosthesis” is a dental restoration which replaces one or more missing teeth. Therefore as the name suggests, a dental bridge literally helps to bridge the gap of one or more missing teeth.
2. What is it made of?
A dental bridge consists of two or more dental crowns, also known as “abutment teeth” on either side of the gap. The crowns are supported by natural teeth or implants. The false teeth which are in between are called “pontics” and they are made of gold, porcelain, alloys or combination of these.
3. What are the different types of bridges?
There are different types of dental bridges available and the most appropriate one will be recommended to you depending on the location of the missing teeth and their condition.
According to Dr. Ranjitha Mukund, Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111, following are the types of dental bridges available:
- Traditional bridges are the most common types used. These include a crown which is supported by two adjacent teeth on either side of the missing teeth. Porcelain fused to metal or ceramic is used in such cases.
- Cantilever bridges are the ones used when there is only one adjacent tooth on one side of the missing teeth. These types of dental bridges are recommended in areas with less chewing force (such as at the front of the mouth) as it can put too much force on other adjacent teeth and damage them.
- Maryland or resin-bonded dental bridges are used mainly when aesthetics are important, especially for front teeth. In Maryland dental bridges, the artificial tooth is bonded to metal bands which are cemented to the back side of adjacent natural teeth. Such bridges are usually made up of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal framework.
- Implant supported bridges are used when several teeth are missing. These types of bridges are also recommended in conditions when healthy adjacent teeth are missing. In this type, a custom-made bridge is fixed on to dental implants.
To know more about dental bridges or book an appointment, contact Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. Families from Meriden find the easy drive to Newington well worthwhile because or our expertise and modern facilities, our friendly dental team and the relaxing disposition of Dr. Mukund.