Dental Bridges An Overview
Dr. Emily Lin and her associates at Canton Dental Associates replace missing teeth with a variety of treatment options for the varying needs of our dental patients. Considered restorative dentistry, a dental bridge is an effective solution for replacing missing teeth. When one or several consecutive teeth have been lost, a dental bridge can provide smile restoration that gives you back your quality of life with natural looking results.
Dental bridges are fixed, removable dentures that replace one or more missing teeth. The false teeth, or bridge, fills the empty space. Bridges can be supported by dental implants, natural teeth, or a combination of the two. Bridges are typically composed of porcelain, then fused to metal or ceramic.
There are two main types of dental bridges:
- Removable: a more traditional typeof dental bridge, a removable replacement tooth, or pontic, is attached to a metal appliance. The removable bridge sits on either dental implants or existing teeth that are commonly strengthened by dental crowns.
- Fixed: the more common choice due to the many advances in materials and the use of dental implants, a fixed bridge is a permanent and secure replacement for a lost tooth or several consecutive teeth.