A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. A crown or dental cap is a type of dental restoration that completely covers a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are typically used when a large cavity endangers the health of a tooth.
Six types of dental crowns
Your tooth’s current state, location and function often dictate which material is best for your crown. There are many different kinds of materials that can be used in crowns, including:
- Composite resin
- A mixture of materials
Common types of dental bridges available today
Dr. Rex Baumgartner offers the most common types of dental bridges today. They include:
A traditional bridge is the most popular type of fixed dental bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth. These are made up of an artificial tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the support (natural) teeth. This is a small, lightweight, and popular option that provides excellent chewing comfort.
While a traditional fixed bridge supports the artificial tooth from both sides, a cantilever bridge supports the artificial tooth or teeth from just one side. Two crowns are used to create the bridge. The crowns are placed next to each other, with the artificial tooth at one end.
Similar to a traditional bridge, Maryland dental bridges use two natural support teeth, one on each side of the gap. However, while a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth.
A composite bridge uses the natural teeth on either side of the space to aid in the replacement of the missing teeth. They’re usually made and installed in a single dental visit, in which a composite bonding material (plastic tooth filling material) is placed directly into the missing space. These bridges are relatively inexpensive and require little or no tooth modification before placement.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, however it is supported by implants rather than natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed directly into the jawbone for each missing tooth. Afterward, crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
Find out of you’re a candidate for a dental bridge and crown at your next dental appointment with Dr. Baumgartner. He and his friendly staff are ready to give you the smile you’ve been missing. Call 661-528-4501 to schedule an appointment.