A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used by dentists to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth that are placed between two crowns in order to fill the missing tooth or teeth.
The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth are known as bridge abutments. Fixed bridges cannot be removed as you might do with removable partial dentures.
Types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges as the name states are the most common bridges dentists use on patients. They are made up of a pontic (false tooth) in between two abutment crowns.
- Cantilever Bridges are commonly used on front teeth when there is only one tooth on the side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland Bridges are made of a false tooth held in place with a bonded metal plate to the adjacent tooth.