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Dental bridges serve to close gaps in between teeth where a tooth or teeth used to be. With a pontic, or false tooth, the empty space is filled—or bridged—and it’s secured by the structure of the adjacent teeth. The supporting teeth on either side of a bridge are called the abutment.
Having a dental bridge placed is a very common procedure here at Quincy Dental Associates.
A missing tooth may not seem like it could pose a huge problem, especially if it’s in the back of your mouth; however, there are several good reasons for having a dental bridge placed. Missing teeth can impede your ability to chew foods properly, hinder your speech and pronunciation, cause a shift in the surrounding teeth, and make changes to your bite.
There are four distinct kinds of dental bridges that can be placed:
A traditional dental bridge is the most common type of bridge, and these are most often placed when the adjacent teeth are natural. The pontic is fixed into place between dental crowns on original teeth on either side.
The Maryland dental bridge is affixed similarly to the traditional dental bridge—between two natural teeth. However, the major difference among traditional dental bridges and Maryland dental bridges is that the latter is supported by metal or porcelain frames that have been bonded to the abutment teeth.
The most significant difference between the cantilever dental bridge and the traditional dental bridge is that only one abutment tooth is necessary—or available—for the false tooth to be secured to.
The implant-supported dental bridge is the most involved procedure among the four main types of dental bridges. It can take at least two surgeries and several months to complete. When crowns, porcelain, or metal frames cannot be placed, the false tooth is secured to a dental implant.
Our state-of-the-art office at Quincy Dental Associates in Quincy, MA is fully equipped to place any of these dental bridges, as well as perform your routine restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
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