There are about three main types of dental bridges. All of them serve the purpose of replacing missing teeth, but some situations exist where one type might be preferred over another. So what are the different types and what are they used for?
Traditional bridges are the first type. They consist of a pontic, which is the name of the artificial tooth that is replacing the missing one, and two dental crowns that attach to the pontic. The crowns go over the teeth that stand next to gap where the original tooth used to be. The pontic is settled over the empty space and secured this way. The crowns can hold nearby teeth in place so they do not drift out of position, which can often happen when a tooth goes missing.
A cantilever bridge is the second type. It is really not that different from a traditional bridge, except that attaches to one crown instead of two. They can be useful in situations where only one natural tooth can possibly be used to support the pontic.
Lastly, there is the maryland bridge. This type is constructed very differently. Instead of using dental crowns, the pontic is linked to small frames that attach to nearby teeth for support. They do not require a lot of work to attach to your teeth, but they can be a bit weaker than the other types. As such, they are often used to replace front teeth, where the bite force is not quite as strong.
If one of your teeth has gone missing, you can come visit us here at Dental Arts of Catoosa in Catoosa, Oklahoma, to get it replaced. Our dentist, Dr. Soren Michaelsen, can help you figure out the best way to fix the problem so you can get the treatment you need. Call us at 539-204-9977, and let us be of service to you!