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Exploring the Different Types of Dental Bridges with Clove Dental in Camarillo, CA.

Discover the various types of dental bridges and their benefits for restoring your smile.

Understanding Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They are designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth, restoring your smile and improving your ability to chew and speak properly. Understanding the different types of dental bridges can help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

Traditional Dental Bridges: This type of dental bridge is the most common and consists of a false tooth, known as a pontic, held in place by dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap, serving as anchors for the bridge. Traditional dental bridges are a reliable and durable option for replacing missing teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridges: Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only require one dental crown to support the pontic. This makes them a suitable option when there is only one adjacent tooth available to act as an anchor. However, they may not be recommended for areas of the mouth with high biting forces.

Maryland Dental Bridges: Maryland bridges are a conservative alternative to traditional bridges. Instead of dental crowns, they use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges are less invasive and require minimal alteration of the surrounding teeth. However, they may not be as strong or long-lasting as traditional bridges.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridges: Implant-supported bridges are considered the most stable and durable option for replacing missing teeth. They involve the placement of dental implants into the jawbone, which act as artificial tooth roots. The bridge is then attached to the implants, providing a secure and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges offer numerous benefits, including improved chewing function and preservation of jawbone health.