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More about Dental Bridges

Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Even today, dental bridges are still considered to be one of the most durable and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Dental bridges can help prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face contours intact.

There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is supported by the adjacent crowns. This replacement tooth is called a pontic. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges replace a missing tooth by cementing  a metal framework to the adjacent teeth. If you are considering some sort of a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, be sure to ask the doctor as to what kind of bridge would be best for you.