Dr. Richard Corbin and Dr. Bruce Corbin are experienced restorative dentists in Bayside, NY. They offer many types of dental bridges to their patients as a replacement for damaged or missing teeth. A dental bridge is a custom made dental restoration commonly used by dentists to “bridge” a gap present in an arch caused by missing teeth. A bridge can replace a single missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth.
Bridgework is a row of prosthetic teeth linked together and held in place by one or more anchors. The anchors can either be prepared teeth or dental implants. This row of teeth is typically made up of dental crowns on each end with replacement teeth, called pontics, in between them. The crowns will be attached to the anchors to hold the bridgework in place. The restoration is custom designed to blend in with the rest of your smile offering a natural and beautiful result.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Bridge – A traditional dental bridge is a fixed restoration used when a gap caused by missing teeth has two adjacent, healthy teeth present. The adjacent healthy teeth will serve as the anchors and will need to be significantly reduced to create room for the crowns. The disadvantage of a traditional bridge is it places a lot of extra stress on the two anchor teeth. The extra stress on these teeth can lead to further damage or cavity formation. You are also basically damaging two healthy teeth to replace a few missing teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge – A cantilever dental bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but it will only be attached to a single anchor tooth instead of two. This type of restoration is not often used and is most commonly utilized to replace teeth towards the front of the mouth. The disadvantage of a cantilever bridge is it places a lot of extra stress on the one anchor tooth. For this reason, you will not often see them used to replace teeth in the back of the mouth. However, if placed safely it can save time and money.
- Maryland Bridge – A maryland bridge is structured similarly to a traditional bridge but uses a framework made of metal or porcelain to hold it in place. The framework is fixed to the back of the two abutment teeth. The two anchor teeth do not need to be modified to accommodate the framework. This is a more affordable option to the traditional bridge. How durable a maryland bridge is greatly depends on the adhesive used to fix the framework to the two adjacent teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – The best option available for patients missing several consecutive teeth is an implant supported dental bridge. Our Bayside, NY dentist office will recommend this teeth replacement option for all patients that qualify because it is the next best thing to natural teeth. With this type of dental restoration, two or more dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone to act as the anchors. The implants will be placed on both sides of the gap and the dental crowns will then be fixed to those implants. Using dental implants to hold a bridge is place is better for your oral health. No healthy teeth need to be reduced and there is no extra stress put on them. The greatest benefit to choosing dental implants is that they promote continued bone growth in the jaw. This prevents bone loss and gum recession often seen with traditional bridges.