Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and they can be supported in any of the following ways
- Through natural teeth
- Through implants
- Through a combination of teeth and implants
The conventional bridge is finished by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth or teeth in between the crowns. The crowns may be supported using dental implants or natural teeth. A false tooth or several false teeth are attached to the crowns in order to fill the empty space.
Conventional dental bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
There are other types of dental bridges too. A cantilever bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns. A Maryland bridge is made out of a metal framework with wings on both sides. These wings are bonded to the back of the existing teeth. The false teeth are bonded to the framework. This type of bridge is also known as the resin-bonded bridge.
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