What types of dental bridges are available?

There are three types of bridges:

  • Fixed partial denture, which replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. This can only be removed by a dentist.
  • Removable bridge, which you can take out and clean
  • Implant bridge, which attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue.

Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation.

Three main types of dental bridges, also called fixed partial dentures, are available:
  • Traditional bridge. A traditional bridge is made by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The crowned teeth are used to anchor the bridge, which contains the false teeth. The bridge rests on the gum line. Traditional bridges are usually made of porcelain and metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge is anchored by crowns on only one side of the space caused by the missing teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridge. Also called a resin-bonded bridge or an acid-etched bridge, a Maryland bonded bridge is made of a metal framework that contains the false teeth. The false teeth are made of plastic; the framework is bonded to your existing teeth.

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