Posted January 3, 2018.

Are you curious about dental bridges and what they do? A bridge can replace missing teeth, keep your other teeth from shifting position, and make your smile look nice again.


There are four different types, which are called traditional, cantilever, maryland, and implant supported. All generally provide the same results, but they approach things a little differently from each other.


Traditional, cantilever, and maryland bridges involve abutments and pontics. Abutment teeth are your natural, home-grown teeth that are often adjusted to anchor the bridge. Pontics are artificial replacements for the teeth you lost, and are supported by the abutments.


For traditional and cantilever bridges, the abutments are filed down and covered by crowns, which are caps that resemble your real teeth. For maryland bridges, the abutments are not filed, and they act as anchors for a small, metal frame, which holds a single replacement tooth.


Abutments support the pontics. Pontics are fake teeth, but they are actual replacements for your missing teeth. The crowns and frameworks on the abutments are only there to hold the pontics in place.


Implant-supported bridges do not use abutments to support the pontics. Instead, implants or foundations go directly over the gap or gaps and hold up the pontics. this type is useful if you have two or more missing teeth.


All of these methods can give you back a decent smile, strong teeth, and prevent other teeth from shifting out of position. For more information on bridges and what they can do for you, contact EccoDental in Glendora, California. Dr. German G. Jaquez, our dentist, will work with you so you can get what you need. Call 626-771-0064 to set up an appointment.