There are a few different types of dental bridges, but they all do the same thing. They attach to healthy teeth, and suspend one or more false teeth in the gap left behind by tooth loss. Bridges are affordable, minimally invasive, and long-lasting. Contact us today for a restorative consultation with Dr. Alex Scott or Dr. Greg Olson to see if dental bridges from Glen Lake Family Dentistry are right for you.
Traditional dental bridges are the most stable and long-lasting type of dental bridge. In this treatment, your dentist in Minnetonka, MN will trim two healthy “abutment teeth” on either side of the gap in your smile. This is done to prepare for dental crowns.
Then, our team will work with a dental lab to build a ceramic dental bridge that includes two dental crowns, as well as one or more false teeth, also called “pontics.” These dental crowns attach to the abutment teeth on either side of the gap in your tooth. Then, the false teeth “bridge” the gap, replacing your missing teeth and restoring your smile.
Maryland bridges are only used on front teeth. Unlike traditional bridges and cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges don’t use dental crowns to hold false teeth in place. Instead, they use a single prosthetic tooth with durable metal “wings” that stick out from either side of the tooth. These wings are bonded permanently in place with dental resin, and they support and stabilize the new tooth.
This depends on your case, your oral health, how many teeth you’ve lost, your budget, and lots of other factors. The best way to find out which type of dental bridge is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson at Glen Lake Family Dentistry.
No. Depending on your case, you may also qualify for partial or full dentures, or for dental implants. Bridges, dentures, and implants all have their own pros and cons, so it’s best to discuss your options with Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson to determine which procedure is right for your unique situation.