Dental bridges are designed to close gaps caused by one or more missing teeth. They consist of a false tooth or teeth with crowns on the anchoring teeth adjacent to the false tooth or teeth. The false teeth can be made from different kinds of materials such as porcelain, gold, alloys or a combination of these materials.
There are 3 main types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges are the most ordinarily used bridges and are made up of a false tooth or teeth to close a gap between teeth, with crowns on the teeth on both sides of the false tooth or teeth that will anchor the replacement tooth.
Maryland bonded bridges or a Maryland bridge are made up of a metal frame with metal wings on the sides which are attached to your existing teeth. The false tooth and gums are made out of plastic.
Cantilever bridges are used when a patient only has one tooth to anchor the bridge to. They will predominantly be inserted in areas of the mouth that don’t take a lot of strain when eating and will typically be the last 2 back teeth in either jaw.