Dental treatment can work wonders with damaged teeth, but sometimes there are occasions where a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that saving it is simply not possible. Gaps between teeth can be hugely detrimental to your confidence and self-esteem, and depending on where the gap is located, it can even have a negative impact on the functionality of your other teeth and the overall use of your mouth. This is due to the fact that after time, your remaining teeth can take advantage of the space to shift around slightly, causing misalignment and a range of other associated dental problems.
Thankfully you don’t have to live with gaps any longer. Dental bridges work to fill this gap where the missing tooth would have been with a false tooth and also holding the remaining teeth either side in place so that they don’t shift into the space.
Vero Dental Spa explains the four main varieties of dental bridges currently available; traditional, cantilever, Maryland/resin bonded, and implant-supported.
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are the most commonly recommended treatment for missing teeth. They involve creating crowns that sit on one or two teeth either side of the gap, which take on the role of anchors for the pontic (the false tooth). The anchored teeth are referred to as abutment teeth and help to provide stability for the pontic and make the teeth as functional as possible, as well as giving the appearance of perfectly normal, natural teeth.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, for example your front teeth, the pontic tooth requires much less support and may only be anchored on one side. This is known as a cantilever dental bridge. The result is still as strong and aesthetically pleasing, but far less treatment will be required, making the process quicker and simpler.