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Dental Bridges

A bridge is a device a dentist inserts to fill a gap where a tooth is missing. A “conventional” bridge consists of a false tooth (or teeth), known as a pontic, which is affixed to a crown on a tooth next to the gap. A “Maryland” bridge, on the other hand, is where the pontic is fixed to the teeth on either side using wings, meaning that it is not necessary to fit a crown to the other teeth.

Shown below is a typical case for dental bridges:

Before and after - bridges

This patient was unhappy with gap between her front teeth.
A Maryland Adhesive bridge was used to improve the aesthetics and function of her teeth.

We would recommend a bridge for cosmetic and clinical reasons. A missing tooth following an accident can obviously be unsightly and traumatic, and a bridge is an effective way to solve this problem. However, a dentist will also use a bridge in situations where it has been necessary to extract a tooth because of advanced decay. The clinical advantages of using a bridge are that it will reduce strain on the surrounding teeth, and prevent problems with the patient’s bite developing- surrounding teeth will often start to move into a gap, and food can become trapped leading to increased decay and gum disease.

Before and after - Dental Bridges

This patient had missing teeth from birth. We used Maryland adhesive bridges to fill in the gaps in two simple visits.

Dental Implants are a better alternative to bridges in the majority of situations.