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The Four Types of Dental Bridges

January 25, 2022
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Posted By: West Creek Dental

Whether you have one missing tooth or several adjacent missing teeth, our team at West Creek Dental can help you. Dr. Poonam Gokhale offers tooth replacement options for patients with missing teeth. Dr. Gokhale can create a comfortable and natural-looking dental bridge in Austin, TX using state-of-the-art technology and modern techniques.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom-made restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by filling in––or “bridging”––the gap in your smile. You can enjoy a restored bite, enhanced appearance, and improved oral health with a dental bridge. There are four types of dental bridges. 

#1 Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional bridge is perhaps the most commonly used. It consists of a pontic replacement tooth and two crowns that cover each remaining healthy tooth on either side of the gap. One of the main benefits of a traditional dental bridge is its strength, though it requires reshaping the healthy adjacent teeth for a secure fit.

#2 Cantilever Dental Bridge

Cantilever bridges restore front teeth and are made of porcelain-fused-to-metal. A single crown anchors the pontic on an adjacent natural tooth. For example, if a patient has a healthy natural tooth, a gap, and a dental implant, the dentist may use a cantilever bridge to cover the healthy tooth and fill in the gap with a pontic.

#3 Maryland Bonded Bridge

Also called a resin-bonded dental bridge, a Maryland bonded bridge replaces front teeth. It uses metal or porcelain frameworks with tiny “wings” that your dentist bonds to the back of your teeth on each side of the gap. 

#4 Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge uses an implant for each missing tooth, which your dentist surgically places into your jawbone. Pontics attached to the bridge are then placed over the implants to restore your smile. 

What Are the Advantages of a Dental Bridge?

  • Restores your smile’s natural appearance
  • Restores your ability to enunciate words and speak clearly, without a lisp or whistle
  • Maintains your natural facial structure 
  • Prevents jawbone deterioration where the missing tooth or teeth 
  • Restores chewing ability and digestion 
  • Prevents neighboring teeth from shifting into the gap, which can lead to bite problems and dental damage

Dental Bridges in Austin, TX 

Everyone deserves to have a smile they love. If you have a missing tooth, please contact West Creek Dental today to learn more about our custom-made dental bridges in Austin, TX. 

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