Missing teeth are more than a matter of aesthetics as they can lead to complications like healthy teeth drifting toward the gap or being unable to chew food. The best way people can prevent further damage to their teeth is by having dentists at Ramona Main Street Dental fit dental bridges in their mouths.
Dental bridges consist of at least two false teeth that bridge a gap between healthy teeth. The false teeth in the bridge are also known as pontics. Their materials can be porcelain, gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.
Several types of dental bridges can replace missing teeth, with the three main types being:
The most common bridge used in most practices is the traditional bridge. It consists of a crown on each side of a pontic that replaces the missing tooth. The crowns go over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The traditional bridge is usually porcelain bonded with either ceramics or metal.
A cantilever bridge is necessary when there isn’t a healthy tooth on one or both sides of the missing one. This situation may involve only one side of the bridge getting support from a healthy tooth and crown, or neither side may have healthy teeth to support the bridge. If you need a cantilever bridge, one of our dentists in Ramona Main Street Dental will carefully plan it to prevent destabilizing the abutment tooth.
Maryland bond bridges help replace missing teeth at the front of the mouth. These bridges have metal frames with porcelain attached to metal teeth for accurate placements. To replace a missing tooth, contact Ramona Main Street Dental to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our dentists. He or she can present options to help improve your teeth’s appearance.