Lexington Prosthodontics provides services for dental bridges in Burlington, MA. Call 781-222-3359 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental bridges are one of the most common solutions when one or more teeth are missing. All bridges are comprised of some kind of support system, often in the form of dental crowns which are connected to replacement teeth called pontics. There are different types of bridges, and the determination is based upon your needs, preferences, and budget.
The primary purpose of a bridge is to restore function, but many bridges also restore appearance when they’re made with tooth-colored materials like porcelain or resin. Lexington Prosthodontics offers the following types of dental bridges to patients in our Burlington office:
As you might guess by the name, this is the most common type of bridge used to replace missing teeth. It literally bridges the gap in your smile, with two crowns placed on either side of the missing teeth to hold pontics in place. Conventional bridges are popular because they are strong, functional restorations that can last many years.
A cantilever bridge is used in rare circumstances to replace a tooth by utilizing anchoring teeth on only one side of the space. A cantilever bridge may require a single abutment, but ideally relies on at least two teeth for added support. Cantilever bridges are only used when there are no other options, as they can place detrimental forces on abutment teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are an increasingly popular solution for missing teeth, as they have the benefits of both bridges and implants. Structurally, these bridges are most like conventional bridges, but they use dental implants as abutments instead of crowns. When the adjacent natural teeth are not good candidates for crowns, an implant-supported bridge is a preferred option.
Maryland bridges are a more conservative solution than other types of bridges because they don’t require crowns or implants to serve as abutments. Instead, Maryland bridges are held in place by a porcelain or metal framework that is attached to the abutment teeth with dental cement. Also known as resin-bonded bridges, this type is not as strong as other options, but it is an economical solution for missing teeth.
Call 781-222-3359 to schedule your appointment.