A bridge is a tooth replacement option used to bridge the gap of one or more missing teeth. They are bonded or cemented into place and can only be removed by a dentist. At Carlston Dental Group, bridges are custom-made to match your existing teeth in size, shape, and color.
In addition, as your bone structure is preserved when using a dental bridge, you can prevent further tooth loss and maintain the shape of your face and jawline. Finally, as the bridge is attached to neighboring teeth for support, it prevents shifting or movement while chewing and eating food.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Fixed Dental Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is a restoration option used to “bridge the gap” caused by one or more missing teeth between healthy teeth. The bridge consists of two dental crowns for the teeth at each end of the gap, plus a false tooth in between them. The false tooth, called a pontic, can be made from gold, metal alloys, ceramics, or porcelain fused to a metal alloy. It’s bonded into the gap, with the crowns holding it firmly in place. Once the bridge is in place, it functions like your natural teeth and looks realistic to others.
Cantilever Fixed Dental Bridge
A dental Cantilever bridge is a type of bridge that replaces missing teeth with one or more artificial teeth called pontics. Pontics are joined to abutments, and dental crowns are inserted on the ends of healthy teeth close to the vacant area.