There are three main types of dental bridges. Traditional bridges are made of an artificial tooth (known as a pontic), which fits into the space left by the missing tooth. The pontic is supported by two crowns placed over the teeth adjacent to the space. Cantilever bridges consist of a pontic and two crowns positioned next to each other. A third type is a Maryland bonded bridge (also known as a resin-bonded bridge), which consists of a pontic with two metal wings attached to it. The wings are bonded on the back of the supporting teeth.
Dental bridges can be placed with or without implants. Implant-supported bridges offer enhanced support and are a great choice when more than one tooth need to be replaced and do not have the support of surrounding teeth. With implant-supported bridges, two crowns are attached to implant posts and support one or more artificial teeth in the middle. As an added benefit, the implant post stimulates the underlying jawbone, preventing it from deteriorating due to lack of use.
Dr. Spaniel can discuss your bridge options in detail with you during an in-office consultation. Your satisfaction is Dr. Spaniel’s priority. She will work with you to find the treatment option that best fits your needs and goals.