Dunedin Dental Associates provides dental bridges in Dunedin, FL. Call 727-734-3321 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can be used to repair a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth that are adjacent to each other. Dental bridges come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all involve a system of supports (abutments) and pontics (prosthetic teeth).
Types of bridges include:
The most common type of dental bridge is a traditional bridge, which is sometimes also known as a fixed bridge. The teeth on either side of the gap are used as abutments. Dental crowns are placed on the abutment teeth and these crowns hold the bridge in place.
Traditional bridges are almost identical to cantilever bridges, with the exception that only one abutment is needed for support. Because cantilever bridges put additional stress on the supporting tooth, we usually only recommend them when no other solutions are available.
Instead of placing dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge attaches to the abutment teeth with a metal or ceramic framework. Maryland bridges are more prone to failure than traditional and implant-supported bridges because they don’t have the same level of support, but the advantage is that they place less stress on the supporting teeth.
Implant Supported Bridge
Because they do not rely on other teeth for support, implant-supported bridges are regarded as the best dental bridge option for most patients. In this type of restoration, dental implants function as abutments for your bridge, replacing the roots of the two outermost missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Patients who are not candidates for dental implant surgery can replace missing teeth using traditional, cantilever, or Maryland bridges.
Advanced digital dentistry technology and cutting-edge materials create bridges that blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
When you have a dental bridge, you won't feel self-conscious about the gap in your smile.
Are You a Good Candidate for Bridges?
You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you are missing a single tooth or two or more teeth that are next to each other.
Why Choose Dunedin Dental Associates
Our dentists have years of experience and training, along with an eye for detail that allows them to design bridges that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. We offer personalized, patient-centered care in a comfortable environment equipped with the latest in digital dental technology.