How Does a Dental Bridge Work? 

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A missing tooth does much more than just affect your smile’s appearance. It also puts you at a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and jawbone deterioration. Nearby teeth may begin to tilt or drift into the empty space causing pain, damage, and aesthetic problems. A dental bridge can prevent these problems by replacing up to three consecutive missing teeth.

Dental bridges are made of two or more crowns that are held in place by one to three pontics, or artificial teeth. There are four types of dental bridges: the traditional dental bridge, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported bridge. Each bridge is custom made to meet the patient’s specific dental needs. A dental bridge completes your smile, restores function, and reduces the risk of bone loss.

At TLC Dental Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, Dr. Julie Kardonprovides quality restorative dental care. She can restore your smile using innovative methods to create your personalized dental bridge. Contact our friendly team today at 856-667-1001 to schedule an appointment.

Continue reading to learn more about how each dental bridge works.

Traditional Dental Bridge

Most people choose this type of bridge because of its strength and dependability. A traditional dental bridge is effectual in replacing both anterior and posterior teeth.

To gain candidacy for a traditional dental bridge, you will need a strong, healthy tooth on either side of the empty space. A small amount of enamel from each of the adjacent teeth will need to be removed for a dental crown to fit over it. Once the enamel has been removed, Dr. Kardon will take impressions of your teeth that will be used to create a dental bridge that fits perfectly with your smile.

Once the bridge has been created, the two crowns will be cemented to the adjacent teeth and the pontic rest between them.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Typically used to replace front teeth, Maryland bridges are ideal for patients with strong neighboring teeth. Maryland bridges are much more uncommon because they are not as strong as traditional dental bridges. Their lack of strength is due to the fact that instead of dental crowns on either side of the pontic, there are two wings that attach to the back of the adjacent teeth.

Many patients prefer Maryland bridges because the prosthetic allows them to save their healthy, natural teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

If only one tooth is next to the empty space, or if a neighboring tooth already supports another pontic, a cantilever dental bridge is a great option. This dental bridge only requires that one tooth be prepared for a dental crown.

Implant-supported Dental Bridge

Similar to a traditional dental bridge, an implant-supported dental bridge is just what you’d expect: implants, rather than the natural teeth, support the bridge. Placing an implant-supported bridge takes much longer (up to a year) because implant surgery and full recovery are required.

Once your mouth has healed from surgery, the restorations can be placed. If there are neighboring teeth, enamel will need to be removed before crowns are secured.

Although the process is much longer and more invasive, implant-supported bridges feel more secure and comfortable than other options.

Contact TLC Dental Center Today

Dr. Kardon and our team are prepared to give you a healthy, beautiful smile through gentle, professional dental care. To learn which dental bridge is right for you, contact our Cherry Hill dental office today at 856-667-1001.