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Are There Different Types of Dental Bridges?

December 8, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_neslund @ 10:34 pm

An implant supported bridge.A missing or compromised tooth affects the quality of your life. Eating and chewing food becomes difficult, and you may feel embarrassed about talking and smiling. A dental bridge in Carlisle can be a good option for replacing one or more adjacent missing teeth. Here are some of the different types of bridges that may be an excellent solution for your needs.

A Traditional Bridge

A traditional dental bridge is definitely the most popular type of bridge. It utilizes dental crowns to anchor one or more prosthetic teeth. The crowns attach to your healthy teeth, while the prosthetic teeth literally “bridge” the gap.

Your bridge is designed to match your existing teeth so it complements your smile. Keeping the anchor teeth clean and healthy is the key to the longevity of your bridge.

A Maryland Bridge

A more conservative approach is a Maryland bridge, which uses a metal frame bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth to hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Since it is bonded to the anchor teeth, this type of bridge doesn’t require the removal of any additional tooth structure like a traditional bridge does.

However, a Maryland bridge is also not as strong as a traditional bridge, and is not an ideal option for areas that are subjected to a lot of biting force, like your molars.

A Cantilever Bridge

This type of bridge uses only one crown for support with a prosthetic tooth attached to fill in the gap. While the crown does act as a strong anchor, this bridge is also not as strong due to being anchored only on one side.

An Implant Supported Bridge

A bridge supported by dental implants is an excellent option for patients missing multiple teeth. The dental implants act as the anchors and have one or more prosthetic teeth attached to complete your smile.

Dental implants keep your jawbone healthy and stimulated as a natural root would, and this adds to the longevity of your bridge. Implants also offer a secure and stable foundation for your bridge.

Are you ready to learn more about how a bridge may be able to restore your smile? Contact your Carlisle Dentist today to schedule a consultation.

About the Author

For more than 20 years, Dr. Thomas Neslund has been offering high quality dentistry to his patients. Families in Carlisle, PA love the personalized attention and exceptional treatment they receive when they choose Carlisle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry as their dental home.

If you would like to contact Dr. Neslund, you can call him at 717-258-5455 or reach him online through his website.

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