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What is a Dental Bridge

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
What is a Dental BridgeA dental bridge is a false tooth installed to replace a lost tooth. The artificial tooth is held together by crowns on both sides of it. They are typically made from porcelain material to match the rest of your teeth. A dental bridge can become necessary after tooth loss. Other teeth might misalign or shift after a tooth loss, impeding functions like eating, smiling, and talking, necessitating patients to find solutions like getting a dental bridge. Getting a dental bridge is, for the most part, a non-invasive procedure. There are four types of dental bridges to choose from Traditional, Cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported.

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge is the most common dental bridge out there. It depends on the patient having healthy adjacent teeth. It consists of a false tooth with two attached crowns cemented on the adjacent teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

Unlike a traditional dental bridge that requires two healthy adjacent teeth, a cantilever dental bridge only requires one. In the cantilever dental bridge, a false tooth is attached to a dental crown, which is attached to the adjacent tooth.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Similar to a traditional dental bridge, a Maryland dental bridge requires two natural abutment teeth framing the tooth socket. However, Maryland uses a framework of metal or porcelain attached to the back of the adjacent teeth, while a traditional dental bridge uses dental crowns cemented onto the other teeth.

Implant-supported Dental Bridge

This is a surgical procedure, and it is the most stable of the four. It uses dental implants instead of dental crowns. The dental implants are inserted surgically into the jaw bone. After it has healed, another surgery is done to attach the bridge. These implants are made of titanium. An implant-supported dental bridge is applicable in cases where there is multiple tooth loss.
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