1. Traditional or Cantilever dental bridge
The first step in getting a traditional fixed or cantilever dental bridge involves preparing the abutment tooth/teeth. We will remove some of the enamel and dentin from the abutment teeth to make space for the crowns. we will then place a temporary bridge over those teeth to protect them until the bridge is placed.
During a later appointment, the our dentist will:
- Remove the temporary crowns
- Check the permanent crowns and bridge for a proper fit
- Cement the bridge in place
Sometimes the bridge is permanently cemented during this procedure. Other times, the we may opt for temporary cement so you can take time to be sure it fits properly before it’s made permanent.
2. Maryland Dental Bridge Or Resin-Bonded Bridge
This is often used to replace front teeth. Instead of crowns, it uses porcelain or metal frameworks with “wings” that are bonded to the back of your teeth on either side of the gap.
Similar to a traditional bridge, Maryland dental bridges employ two natural abutment 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.
Like a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge can only be used when you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth.
3. Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge requires surgery to place the implants in your jawbone followed by time for you to heal. Healing time varies greatly depending on where in your mouth the implants are and whether your jawbone needs to be built up in order to support the implants.
You may have a temporary bridge to wear between procedures.
Then you’ll have another procedure for the dentist to place the permanent bridge over the implants. This involves small incisions in the gums, so healing time is greater than with other types of bridges.