Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth by bridging the gap between natural teeth or dental implants. With one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, dental bridges are anchored securely to adjacent teeth or implants for support. These supportive teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors, holding the bridge in place. At Sage Brush Dental Health, dental bridges not only restore the functionality of chewing and speaking but also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and maintain the natural shape of the face. They offer a durable, natural-looking solution to tooth loss, enhancing the smile's appearance and the patient's oral health.
Traditional bridges are the most common type and consist of one or more pontics held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent natural teeth. The crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth, creating a stable bridge to fill the gap left by missing teeth.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but are supported by only one abutment tooth instead of two. This type is typically used when there is only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap to be filled by our dentist in Hutchinson, KS.
Maryland-bonded bridges, or resin-bonded bridges, use a metal or porcelain framework with wings bonded to the back of adjacent teeth. This type is a more conservative option that doesn't require as much alteration of the neighboring teeth.
Dental implants rather than natural teeth secure implant-supported bridges. These bridges are an excellent choice when there are multiple missing teeth in a row or when the adjacent natural teeth are not strong enough to support a traditional bridge. The implants serve as stable anchors for the bridge.
Visit Sage Brush Dental Health at 2901B North Lorraine St, Suite A, Hutchinson, KS 67502, or call (620)663-5297 to determine the most suitable bridge type for individual dental needs and oral health considerations.
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