WHAT IS A BRIDGE?

Dental bridges are a popular, time-tested and affordable treatment option for patients with missing teeth. As the name suggests, a dental bridge fills the gap between missing teeth and gives you a beautiful smile to flaunt. It is typically made up of artificial teeth, called ‘pontics’ and are held together by dental crowns.

According to data provided by The American Dental Association, the average adult, between the ages of 20-64, have three missing or decayed teeth. At Smooth Dental Group, Dr. Elizabeth Tran routinely offers treatment to those looking to improve the function and appearance of their mouth by getting bridges.

There are primarily 4 types of bridges used in orthodontic procedures:

TRADITIONAL BRIDGES

These are the most common variety of bridges and comprise pontics that are held by crowns. The crowns are also referred to as ‘abutments’ and are placed on the teeth adjoining the missing tooth. These bridges are useful when a patient has natural teeth present on either side of the missing tooth gap.

MARYLAND BRIDGES

Maryland bridges comprise a pontic which is held steady by a porcelain or metal framework, instead of an abutment. The framework is attached onto the rear end of the teeth adjoining your missing tooth.

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CANTILEVER BRIDGES

Although cantilever bridges are almost like traditional bridges, the pontic gets support from a crown from just one side, and not both sides.

IMPLANT BRIDGES

Rather than receiving support from frameworks or crowns, these dental bridges are held steady by implants. Typically, a single implant will be used for each missing tooth. Since implants are used for securing these bridges, they tend to feel quite comfortable and secure.

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Regardless of the bridge type received by the patient, the restoration procedure will have great practical and aesthetic benefits.

Get a smile makeover with bridges at the Smooth Dental Group in La Habra. Call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tran today!