Which Dental Bridge Treatment is Right for Me?

Which Dental Bridge Treatment is Right for Me?
Posted on 03/23/2018
As a trusted provider of general and cosmetic dentistry in Kalamazoo, Briarwood Valley Dentistry offers dental bridges to our patients who are missing teeth. A bridge is a dental device designed to fill the space that a tooth once occupied. Dental bridges are used to prevent the existing teeth from shifting out of place, remedy bite problems, and to ensure that the surrounding teeth remain healthy and strong.

If you’re missing teeth, Dr. Hanna would be more than happy to provide you with a dental bridge to replace those teeth for a more beautiful, functional, and healthier smile. The type of bridge Dr. Hanna will use to restore your smile depends upon a few factors like the number of teeth you’re missing and where the gaps are located in your smile.

The Types of Bridges Used by Our Kalamazoo Dentist

When you visit our Kalamazoo dentistry practice to replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge, we’ll provide you with a thorough examination to determine what type of bridge is best suited for you. While we can’t tell you what type of bridge is right for you until we examine your mouth, we can tell you what types of bridges Dr. Hanna uses to restore smiles.
  • Traditional Fixed Bridges: This is the most popular type of bridge that consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns that are used to hold the bridge securely in place. A fixed bridge is made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramics. The downside of a traditional bridge is that some of the enamel will need to be removed from the adjacent teeth to make room for the crowns that will be cemented on top. Since enamel does not grow back, these teeth will always need to be protected with crowns, even if you choose a different type of bridge later.
  • Maryland Bridges: This type of bridge is designed to replace missing front teeth. It consists of tooth-colored metal bands that are bonded to surrounding teeth. A Maryland bridge is not held in place by crowns, therefore none of the enamel on the adjacent teeth needs to be removed.  While Maryland bridges are more conservative than traditional fixed bridges, they do come with a couple of disadvantages. First, the strength of a Maryland bridge is limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place. This means that the bridge may not stay in place if it’s used where the teeth are subjected to a great deal of biting force, like the back of the mouth (molars). The second disadvantage is that the framework of a Maryland bridge can get in the way of your gums or bite.
  • Cantilever Bridges: A cantilever bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. When placing a cantilever bridge, Dr. Hanna will need to remove some enamel from the adjacent tooth to provide the bridge with the support it needs.  
Traditional Fixed Bridges: This is the most popular type of bridge that consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns that are used to hold the bridge securely in place. A fixed bridge is made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramics.
The downside of a traditional bridge is that some of the enamel will need to be removed from the adjacent teeth to make room for the crowns that will be cemented on top. Since enamel does not grow back, these teeth will always need to be protected with crowns, even if you choose a different type of bridge later. 
Maryland Bridges: This type of bridge is designed to replace missing front teeth. It consists of tooth-colored metal bands that are bonded to surrounding teeth. A Maryland bridge is not held in place by crowns, therefore none of the enamel on the adjacent teeth needs to be removed.
Cantilever Bridges: A cantilever bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. When placing a cantilever bridge, Dr. Hanna will need to remove some enamel from the adjacent tooth to provide the bridge with the support it needs.  


Find Out which Dental Bridge is Right for You!

At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of general and cosmetic dentistry in Kalamazoo. If you’d like to fill those gaps in your smile with a dental bridge, please request an appointment with Dr. Hanna today. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you feel good about your smile once again!