What Is Dental Bridge Work?

What Is Dental Bridge Work?

Here are some of the basics of the four main types of dental bridgework.

You may not realize it, but you probably know someone with a dental bridge. Dental bridges are false teeth called pontics, which are held in place by abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges are used to close gaps in your smile created by missing teeth. In other words, they bridge the gap. The pontics used in dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, but they are generally made from porcelain to help them blend in with the rest of your smile. You may be wondering what goes into dental bridge work, and we have you covered. Here are some of the basics of the four main types of dental bridgework.


Traditional dental bridges are one of the simplest–and most common–types of dental bridge available. These bridges consist of a false tooth that is held in place by dental crowns cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. These are commonly used when you have natural teeth on either side of the gap.


Maryland dental bridges share a major factor with traditional bridges: they require two abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. However, there is also a significant difference between traditional bridges and Maryland bridges. Where traditional dental bridges cement a dental crown onto the abutment teeth, Maryland bridges use a framework that is bonded to the back of the abutment teeth. This framework is generally made of metal or porcelain, making them a great alternative if there is a natural tooth on either side of the existing gap.


A cantilever dental bridge is quite similar to the traditional bridge, with one major difference. In a cantilever bridge, the pontic is held in place by a crown that is cemented into only one abutment tooth. This makes cantilever dental bridges a good choice if a person only has one natural tooth next to the gap.



Implant-supported dental bridges work as the name would imply. Instead of using crowns or a framework to secure the pontic, these bridges use dental implants. For each missing tooth, a dental professional will surgically place one dental implant, and these implants hold the bridge in position. Sometimes, it will not be possible to place a dental implant for every missing tooth, and in this case, a pontic may be used, suspended between implant-supported crowns. Your dentist will refer to your specific case and oral health when working with you to find the right bridgework options for you.


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