Dental bridges serve an aesthetic purpose, allowing you to show off your beautiful smile without shame or fear that your missing tooth is what people will remember. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, dental bridge work is cemented onto natural teeth or dental implants on either side of a missing tooth. These anchor teeth are called abutments. The replacement tooth — called a pontic — is attached to a dental crown on each abutment. There are three main types of dental bridges:
Traditional Bridge — This is the most common type of bridge and is made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever Bridge — The cantilever bridge supports the replacement tooth from just one side. It is most often used when abutment teeth are located on only one side of the missing tooth or in areas of the mouth that are under less stress.
Resin-Bonded Bridge — A resin-bonded bridge is generally only used in the front of the mouth where the biting force is less strong. It consists of a false tooth fused to metal bands and bonded to abutment teeth with resin.