Traditional dental bridges involve utilizing a crown that is placed on top of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth on either side. These two crowns then provide the support to the false tooth that is placed in between. This is the most common dental bridge and it can be utilized when you still have natural teeth surrounding the missing tooth. It is also more-or-less easy to implement since it does not require surgery.
Maryland bridges are very similar to traditional dental bridges in that the false tooth is held in place by the surrounding teeth. However, it is different in that there are no dental crowns placed over the surrounding teeth. Instead, the replacement tooth is supported by a metal frame work that is bonded to the back of the surrounding teeth and the replacement tooth. This is helpful because it removes the need to file down the surrounding teeth.
Instead of being supported by the adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges require a dental implant to be secured into the jaw bone. This is considered the most comfortable and secure of all bridges. Surgery is required to install the implants into the jaw bone. The area needs to heal prior to the installment of the bridge. The whole process can take up to five months, but it yields its benefits.
If you have any questions regarding dental bridges, please give Friedler Dental Group a call today to set up an appointment.