Are you considering a dental bridge? There are four types, and each has slightly different purposes when lost teeth need to be replaced. We will explain your options and the benefits they bring here.
All of the four types have pontics, fake teeth that go in place of your missing ones. Most use abutments, the real teeth next to the empty spots that the dentist uses to hold the bridge.
- Enamel on the abutments on both sides is filed to reduced them in size for the bridge.
- Bridge is made with two crowns, teeth-like caps that go over abutments.
- Pontics go in the middle of the crowns and are fused with the crowns.
- If molars are missing, this type forms a strong replacement.
- Built in much the same way as traditional bridges.
- Big exception is that only one abutment is used and crowned.
- If only one abutment can be used, this bridge will take the place of a traditional
- No need to remove enamel off abutments.
- Pontic inserted that has porcelain or metal frames, which clamp onto the abutments.
- Frames are glued with a resin cement.
- Does not possess the sturdiness of the others, but less changes are needed.
- If teeth in the front need replacing, or if it can go in places where bite force will not cause the pontics to come loose.
- Uses implants placed over the gaps to sustain pontics.
- No abutments or frames are used.
- If multiple teeth are gone, this type can be used instead of the others.
For more on bridges, or for an unrelated dental issue, visit Bayside Family Dentistry in Bayside, New York. Dr. Aram Cazazian, our dentist will explore options with you. Call us at (718) 423-7009 to let us know if you are coming.