What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?

Graphic showing one type of dental bridge.

If you are missing teeth, Alder Trails Dental offers you quite a few options to restore your smile. One popular and practical treatment is a dental bridge. There are also several types of dental bridges to choose from. If you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, Dr. Tran will explain your options and help you make the best choice. In the meantime, here’s some information explaining some of the different kinds of dental bridges.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are made up of one or more fake teeth sandwiched between dental crowns. The crowns are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. In order to get this type of bridge, you need to have sturdy natural teeth to secure the bridge into place.

Cantilever Bridges

Another type of dental bridge is the cantilever bridge. This is somewhat similar to a traditional dental bridge. The difference is that the appliance is held in place only on one side. That means there’s just one dental crown fixed onto one nearby tooth. This is a good option for people who don’t have natural teeth left on both sides of the space.

Maryland Bridges

With a Maryland bridge, the fake teeth are held in place by a framework attached to the back of the teeth on either side of the gap. In other words, you still need to have two natural teeth serving as abutment teeth but the framework replaces the need for dental crowns.

Implant-Supported Bridges

The last main type of dental bridge is an implant-support bridge. This appliance is held in place by surgically placed dental implants. In order to qualify for this treatment, you need to have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone to serve as a base for the implants. This type of bridge is desirable if there are a string of teeth that need to be replaced and there aren’t enough healthy teeth to anchor the bridge. Additionally, the implants help maintain the integrity of the jawbone.

Dental Bridges in Cypress, TX

If you’re thinking of getting a dental bridge, set up an appointment at Alder Trails Dental today. We’d love to help you decide which is best for restoring your smile back to full function!


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