Types Of Bridges
Traditional dental bridges
Traditional dental bridges are by far the most popular type of bridge which your dentist may suggest. They are made up of prosthetic teeth that can be held in place by dental crowns or abutments. The crowns must be cemented to the healthy teeth next to where the bridge will go before the actual bridge can be installed. The dentist will have to prepare the nearby healthy teeth by removing some of the enamel and this is permanent. This means that if you wish to change the type of bridge in the future, you will still have to use the same abutments.
Maryland bridges are used to replace front teeth which have been lost, they are resin-bonded. This type of bridge is made by fusing fake with metal bands, they are then cemented to the abutment teeth using a dental cement. One drawback to this type of bridge is that they have a higher failure rate when compared to traditional bridges because they are slightly weaker by design.
Cantilever bridges are very similar in design to the traditional bridge, the only difference is that they are only attached to healthy teeth on one side. This type of bridge is only recommended in instances where only one side of the missing tooth has natural teeth. An experienced dentist will recommend cantilever dental bridges that are perfect for such a condition.