Dental bridges are a type of restoration that is usually used when a patient has lost one or a few teeth. Bridges are specifically designed to be suspended between the teeth on either side of the gap, which helps maintain proper spacing and preserve alignment. A bridge can restore the aesthetics and function of an entire smile.
Several types of bridges are available, including:
- Traditional bridges
These restorations consist of an artificial tooth and two crowns. The crowns are placed on the teeth next to the gap, while the artificial tooth fills the gap. The traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge and is generally made of porcelain for the most aesthetic results.
- Maryland bridges
A Maryland bridge consists of an artificial tooth attached to two wings, which are bonded to the teeth next to the gap.
- Implant-supported bridges
These bridges are similar in design to traditional bridges. Although, instead of being supported by natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge is supported by dental implants, which act as replacement tooth roots.
Bridges can be a good option for people who want a conservative tooth replacement. The right type of bridge can restore your smile, allow you to bite and eat easily again, and it can help keep your teeth healthy. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Northridge dentist.