Dental bridges are used in restorative dentistry to fill in the empty space left by a missing tooth. Dental bridges work by attaching a false tooth to the teeth adjacent to the empty space, thereby “bridging” the void. They are an excellent option for patients who do not have enough bone structure to support a dental implant.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- Conventional fixed bridge: This bridge can fix one or multiple teeth. A false tooth is fused to two dental crowns placed in the teeth adjacent to the space.
- Cantilever Bridges: This bridge is ideal for areas of less stress, such as your front teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the empty space. A false tooth is anchored one side, over the natural part of your adjacent tooth.
- Resin Bonded Bridges: This bridge is used mainly for your front teeth, when your adjacent teeth are healthy. A false tooth will be fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth with a resin. This reduces the amount of preparation that must be done on the teeth on either side of your gap.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Sheridan will evaluate the condition of your oral health to determine whether a dental bridge is the best option to address your needs.