Ask our team about the advantages of dental bridges to replace missing teeth
Dental bridges are a reliable option for you if you need to replace missing teeth based on your needs, budget, and lifestyle. There are a few different ways in which dental bridges are made. Dr. Richard J. Koeltl and his team at RK Dentistry of Danville, California, can help you select the best for your unique dental situation. Below are just a few of the different varieties of bridges and how they work:
- Traditional Bridges. Traditional bridges are one of the most common types of dental bridges and involve creating a crown for each missing tooth, as well as an abutment that is typically made out of metal. The abutment is cemented to your teeth, while the two crowns are placed on top of the abutment. This type of dental bridge is a good choice if there is only one tooth missing and will help to restore your smile’s appearance as well as support your jawbone so that it does not deteriorate over time
- Cantilever Bridges. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional ones but use fewer neighboring teeth than traditional ones. When you have several teeth missing in the same spot, it can be difficult to find a neighboring tooth that has enough structure to support the bridge in place. Cantilever bridges can help by using just one or two teeth on either side of the missing teeth as abutments. This type of bridge is not ideal for situations where there are multiple missing teeth
- Maryland Bonded Bridges. This type of bridge is called an adhesive bridge and generally uses less expensive restorative materials than traditional bridges. Since it is made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and bonded directly onto your natural tooth, Maryland bonded fixed dental bridges are considered more comfortable and natural-looking. They’re also a good option for replacing multiple teeth, as well as in areas where you need to keep neighboring teeth intact
Schedule a visit to RK Dentistry today!
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or want to discuss your options to replace missing teeth, talk to Dr. Richard J. Koeltl at 925-732-5516 about your needs.