A false tooth, known as a pontic, which is connected to crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth is called a Bridge. The crowns holding it in place are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges differ from partial dentures; they cannot be taken out of your mouth.
A Traditional Bridge consists of two crowns cemented to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth with the pontic in between. These bridges are constructed with porcelain fused to either metal or ceramic.
Cantilever bridges only affect one of the adjacent teeth next to a missing tooth. These are mostly used in an area where there is less stress; for instance, in the front of your mouth.
Resin bonded bridges (also known as Maryland bridges) are used when gums are healthy and the surrounding teeth are strong and free of extensive restorations. With Resin Bonded Bridges the preparation involves less damage to the adjacent teeth. However, the overall strength of this bridge is only as strong as the material used to bond the bridge to the surrounding teeth.
Our office is equipped with the latest technology. With the iTero Scanner no more goo in the mouth for impressions of crowns, bridges or night guards. The iTero scanner takes a completely digital image of your mouth and teeth using a simple camera. This method is time saving, comfortable and helps assure a precision fit.