At Homeland Avenue Dentistry, the dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The bridge consists of artificial teeth, called pontics, attached to crowns on either side. The supporting crowns are cemented or bonded to the natural teeth or implants adjacent to the space, creating a seamless and functional restoration. Dental bridges restore the aesthetics of a complete smile and help maintain proper dental alignment, bite function, and facial structure. They provide a durable and time-tested solution for tooth replacement, offering patients an alternative to removable dentures and contributing to improved oral health and overall well-being.
Traditional dental bridges are the most common type when natural teeth are on either side of the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge consists of one or more pontics anchored by dental crowns on the adjacent natural teeth. The crowns are cemented onto these teeth, providing stability to the bridge.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but differ in how they are supported. In this type, the pontic is anchored to only one adjacent tooth, making it suitable when only one natural tooth is next to the gap. While effective, cantilever bridges place more stress on the supporting tooth and are typically recommended for mouth areas with less chewing force.
Also known as resin-bonded bridges, this type uses a metal or porcelain framework to support the pontic. The framework is bonded to the back of the adjacent natural teeth using resin or metal wings, eliminating the need for dental crowns. Maryland bridges are a conservative option, as they require minimal alteration of the adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are anchored to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone, providing a secure and stable foundation. This type is suitable for individuals with multiple missing teeth or when the natural teeth adjacent to the gap are not strong enough to support a bridge. Implant-supported bridges offer enhanced stability and longevity and prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Dental bridges restore smiles and functionality for individuals with missing teeth. Visit Homeland Avenue Dentistry at 1037 Homeland Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405, or call (336) 272-0132 to determine the most suitable option based on specific oral health needs.