A dental bridge literally fills the gap created by a missing tooth. Bridges can restore your smile, improve the shape of your face, help you bite properly, or keep remaining teeth in place.
There are 3 main types of dental bridges: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland bonded.
A traditional bridge is made up of two or more crowns that surround the gap and the false tooth (or Pontic) that is placed in the gap. These are the most common types of bridges and are either made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges aren't very common anymore, but were used when there was an adjacent tooth on only one side of the missing tooth. It isn't recommended for the back of the mouth, as it can put too much strain on other surrounding teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges are also known as resin-bonded or Maryland bridges. They are either made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums structured with metal or porcelain framework.
The cost of dental bridges depends on several factors:
- Potential need for additional procedures (such as fillings or root canals) in one or two of the adjoining teeth
- Dentist and lab technician’s technique
- Dentist’s location
- Dental insurance coverage
- Type of material used for the bridge