- Traditional bridges Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge.
- Cantilever bridges Cantilever bridges are usually used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland bridgesMaryland bridges also called a resin-bonded bridges or a Maryland bonded bridges. Maryland bridges supported by a metal framework which have metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to the back of existing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridge Materials
There are three basic types of materials for dental bridges:
- Porcelain fused to metal dental bridges.
- All porcelain dental bridges.
- All metal dental bridges (Gold).
The all porcelain dental bridges and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental bridges are tooth colored bridges. PFM dental bridges are usually used to restore back teeth where the forces of chewing and grinding are strongest. All porcelain dental bridges are the most aesthetic and are used almost exclusively for front teeth where the need for strength is not as critical. Gold dental bridges are the most durable and offer the most precise fit.
Procedure for Dental Bridges Treatment
The course of treatment described here is for traditional bridges, one of several options available at our dental clinic. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.