4 Types of Dental Bridges - Dental Clinic Markham

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Dental bridges are used to fill in the space left by the removal of one or more teeth. As the name implies, bridges connect with the teeth found on each side of the gap. Depending on the nature of your dental problem, the dentist is likely to recommend one of four different kinds of bridges. Here is what you should know about each type.

The Traditional Bridge

Easily the most popular of the four, the traditional bridge is what a professional at the local dental clinic in Markham is likely to recommend. The popularity stems from the fact they are so easy to install. Sometimes referred to as dental abutments, the traditional bridge is used when the patient has healthy teeth on each side of the gap.

There is the need to remove the enamel from the top of each tooth that will serve as a bridge for the anchor. Along with cement to ensure the bridge won’t shift, it’s further secured by installing a connecting crown on the adjacent teeth. Should you choose to go with a different type of bridge later on, remember that the teeth on each side of the gap will always need to have crowns to compensate for the loss of enamel.

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The Maryland Bridge

A Maryland bridge does not require removing the enamel from the teeth on each side of the gap. Instead, the process involves creating a framework that spans the gap and adheres to the back side of the adjacent teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are attached to that framework.

While this approach does mean no filing and no loss of enamel, there is more of an opportunity for the bridge to slip out of position. The resin used to adhere the bridge to the backs of the adjacent teeth will determine how long it remains in place. Remember this type of bridge does not hold up to chewing or pressure as well as the traditional bridge.

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An Implant Supported Bridge

This type of bridge does not rely on a framework or on crowns to hold it in place. Instead, dental implants are inserted into the now empty teeth sockets. The bridge is supported by the implants and tends to be almost as secure as a traditional bridge.

You can consider this approach is you have a wider gap to fill. For example, it’s possible to fill a three-tooth cap by installed two implants and then attaching a bridge consisting of two dental crowns with one pontic in between. The crowns and pontic are shaped and shaded to look like the surrounding teeth. When done correctly, no one will know the bridge is anything other than real teeth.

The Cantilever Bridge

The last of the four possible dental bridges in Markham is the cantilever bridge. This solution is a lot like a traditional bridge, but with one major difference. Instead of being secured on both sides, this bridge is adhered to a single tooth. A cantilever bridge works well when you are missing a single tooth.

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Discuss all these options with your dentist. Remember that the goal is to select the solution that’s best for your condition. Ideally, the one you choose will provide years of reliable performance.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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