Dentist in Kingston, PA Educating Patients on Common Forms of Dental Bridges
If you have an incomplete smile due to missing teeth, don’t worry. Your dentist has the ability, through the use of a dental bridge, to close (or bridge) any gap that has left you with a smile that you don’t have full confidence in. Dr. Stephen Lawrence offers patients in the Kingston, PA area dental bridges, a cost-efficient treatment which offers immense benefit. Patients may walk in with an incomplete smile that they try to hide, but they’ll always walk out showing off their newly complete smile. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth, or pontic, that is held in place by abutment teeth on each site of the gap. Pontics, although they can be made of various materials, are commonly manufactured from porcelain so that any bridge will blend in with surrounding natural teeth.
There are a variety of dental bridge styles you can elect to receive, but here are the three most common.
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is when a filler tooth is created that receives support on each side by crowns which are placed over healthy teeth on each side of the gap. This allows the bridge to remain in place. This is the most common type of bridge that is put into place by dentists and are most commonly constructed from porcelain which is fused to metal (or ceramics). This form of dental bridge can only be utilized when there are healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap which are able to support the bridge. Both teeth will have to be both reshaped and fitted with crowns prior to any bridge being placed. This will ensure that the teeth are strong enough to support the dental bridge.
This form of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but this form of bridge only requires one abutment tooth to hold the pontic in place. What this means is that you’ll only need one healthy tooth next to the gap.
Maryland Dental Bridge
This form of dental bridge is also similar to a traditional dental bridge. You’ll need two healthy abutment teeth on each side of the gap. The difference lies in that this form of dental bridge does not utilize a crown to support the pontic. With a Maryland bridge, a framework or either metal or porcelain is affixed to the back of the supporting abutment teeth.