Did you know that dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth? Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape intact.
We use three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by the crowns on either side of the space. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth (these can only be used in a select few cases). Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal or ceramic framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Your dental bridges may take two to three weeks to complete and is less invasive than other options, such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 15 years. Each case has specific parameters that will be evaluated when treatment planning your case.