Bridges and Dentures are both used to replace missing teeth. The main difference is that Dentures are a removable appliance where as a Bridge is cemented in place.
Bridges can be made from different materials, such as metal, porcelain or a combination of the two.
The two most common types of Bridges are fixed-fixed, cantilever and acid etch (or Maryland). Fixed and cantilever look similar to a crown with a tooth attached to them used to replace the gap caused by tooth loss.
- Fixed – Fixed Bridges replace two teeth either side of the missing tooth or teeth which attach to the teeth used to replace the gap.
- Cantilever Bridges replace one tooth next to the missing tooth which attach to the tooth used to replace the gap.
- Acid etch or Maryland Bridges are similar to the above but the adjacent teeth are only very lightly prepared to house a “wing” which attaches to the tooth used to replace the gap. The main benefit of these are that they only require very small amount of preparation to adjacent teeth but may be more likely to de-bond.
Like all treatments, Bridges may or may not be suitable in your individual circumstances. If you do have missing teeth and wish to have them restored with a bridge, call 01904 422918 to arrange an appointment, where you can discuss any questions regarding your options in more detail.