Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, they’re still considered one of the most durable, conservative, and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and keep your natural face shape intact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth that’s held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and bonded to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other tooth replacement options such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.