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Exploring Dental Bridges: Types, and Candidates

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental bridges offer a reliable solution with natural results. These prosthetics typically consist of crowns that fit over the teeth, along with artificial teeth that act as a “bridge.”

Dental bridges not only restore your smile but also help maintain the overall health and functionality of your mouth. 

In this article, we will provide information on various types of dental bridges and discuss the criteria that make someone an ideal candidate. 

Whether you are seeking to restore your ability to chew comfortably or regain your confidence in your smile, join us as we navigate through the intricacies of dental bridges, helping you make an informed decision about this transformative dental procedure.

Types of Bridges

The type of dental bridge that is used will depend on your existing oral health as well as the end goals of treatment. 

There are four general types of dental bridges:

Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges are typically the most common option and consist of artificial teeth surrounded by dental crowns on each end. The crowns are adhered to your natural teeth and allow the artificial teeth to cover the gap in between.

Traditional bridges are used when your existing teeth are healthy and in good shape.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges; however, there is only a crown on one end. The single crown adheres to your tooth, and the artificial tooth/teeth ‘hang’ across the gap in between.

Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one side of healthy teeth.

Resin-Bonded Bridges

Resin-bonded bridges (also known as Maryland bridges) use metal wings instead of crowns. The wings are secured to the existing teeth in much the same way as crowns are with the artificial tooth/teeth spanning between.

Resin-bonded bridges are typically used to replace the front teeth and are not strong enough to withstand molar chewing.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are very similar to traditional bridges; however, in the former, the bridge is connected to a tooth implant. Implant-supported bridges may be utilized when three or more teeth missing.

The process of implant-supported bridges takes longer, however, many choose this option as it is the most secure and offers the longest-lasting results.

Dental Bridge Candidates

A conversation between you and your dentist will help you decide which dental bridge is right for you.

Several factors may be considered, including:

  • Your age

  • The number of teeth missing

  • The condition of existing teeth

  • The condition of your gums

  • Your personal preferences

It is important to practice good oral hygiene to get the most out of a dental bridge procedure.

Paula Gould DDS Custom Designed Teeth

Dr. Paula Gould is an expert at helping patients achieve their ideal smile with dental bridges.  She utilizes custom-designed replacement teeth that fit seamlessly with existing teeth and offer natural results. If you’d like to learn more about the dental bridge process and see which type of bridge is right for you, contact our Bergen County, NJ, office today!

(201) 675-0340

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