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Benefits of Bridges

When a tooth is missing or is damaged so badly that it must be removed, a dental bridge can replace the missing tooth or teeth.

How Bridges Work

Anchor crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth used to be. A false tooth is fused to to both crowns to create the bridgework. 

Types of Bridges

The traditional fixed bridge is a false tooth fused to two crowns. The crowns fit permanently on the teeth on both sides of the new false tooth, and anchor it in place as a “bridge” over the gum. This dental technique is otherwise similar to regular crown procedure. The fixed bridge offers the most natural fit and appearance.

The cantilever bridge is a false tooth that is anchored to a tooth or teeth on one side, and not the other. This dental technique is otherwise similar to regular crown procedure. A cantilever bridge does not have the same strength as a traditional fixed bridge and can only be used in areas of less stress, like front teeth.

The removable bridge is not cemented permanently. It may be available at a lower cost, but will require extra hygiene attention.

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Alternatives to Bridges

partial denture is a removable appliance that can replace one or more teeth, and dental implants are a permanent alternative for missing teeth. Schedule your appointment to day, to ask Dr. Dean about the advantages of each in your particular situation.