If a patient has gaps in their smile caused by missing teeth, Dr. Holbrook may recommend a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gap caused by missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a replacement tooth in between.
There are three types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common and are made of crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a replacement tooth in between. They are made from either porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramics. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only an adjacent tooth on only one side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge is not common anymore. Maryland bonded bridges, also called resin-bonded bridges, consist of replacement teeth and gums bonded to your teeth by a metal or porcelain framework. The replacement teeth and gums are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic.
We encourage you to contact Randall Dental Associates in Lewisville today to learn which type of dental bridge is right for you and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.