What Is A Bridge?

Like an architectural bridge, a dental bridge is a dental appliance which is used for bridging a gap created by missing teeth. The bridge consists of artificial teeth which are connected to crowns that rest on the supporting teeth or implants on both sides of the missing tooth gap. Dental bridges offer superior strength, durability, and aesthetics in comparison to the removable dentures.

Types Of Dental Bridges?

  • Conventional – this type of bridge is supported at both ends, and they possess excellent strength and durability. These are the most commonly used types of dental bridges for replacing teeth, which have to withstand heavy chewing forces.
  • Cantilever – this bridge is supported only at one end. Therefore, it is not as strong as a conventional bridge. This type of bridge is used for replacing front teeth.
  • Maryland – this type of bridge does not contain crowns. Instead, it contains a metal mesh which is attached to the back side of the supporting teeth with an adhesive. These bridges are tooth conservative as there is no or minimal need for tooth preparation.

When is a Dental Bridge Required?

A dental bridge can be used for replacing one or more missing natural teeth. They are ideally used in the following cases; to:
  • Replace a single missing tooth
  • Replace up to 3 or 4 adjacent missing teeth
  • Replace old and unaesthetic removable dentures
  • In cases where an implant cannot be used for tooth replacement.