Dental bridge procuderes.
Nowadays the methods used in dentistry to replace missing teeth are numerous and very effective; those methods include dental bridges, that are among the most common.
It is very important to replace missing teeth because a gap can cause numerous problems for the health of the mouth and the body; dental bridges are of various types and are used to replace one or more missing teeth.
There are traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges.
Usually, a bridge is positioned between two teeth and is composed of two parts: the pontic and the abutment teeth.
The pontic is the part of the bridge that replaces the missing tooth or teeth and it is also called dummy or artificial tooth.
Cantilever bridge teeth.
The pontic is placed between two abutment teeth and is permanently joined to the anchor crowns.
Anchor crowns hold the bridge in place and are cemented to the abutment teeth, providing support for the whole structure.
A traditional bridge has two abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap, while cantilever bridges are dental bridges that are designed when abutment teeth are present on only one side of the gap.
They are usually provided when for aesthetic reasons, it is not desirable to prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap;
when there are no teeth on one side of the breach;
when one of the abutment teeth is already supporting another prosthetic restoration.
Since cantilever bridges use only one abutment tooth, they can not sustain an excessive chewing pressure and are typically indicated in situations where only one tooth is missing.
These bridges are mostly used to replace front teeth, while are not recommended to restore back teeth.
A cantilever bridge can be made of various types of dental alloys, precious, semi-precious or non-precious. It can be all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal, so thus patients have different choices and can choose a bridge that fits their preferences, budget, and dental plan.
This type of bridge is considered among the most cost-effective solutions to replace missing teeth, on average it costs between 700 and 1,300 dollars.
Cantilever dental bridge.
As for all types of bridges, the lifespan of a cantilever can vary from patient to patient, but in this case, it is very important to plan well treatment to avoid that the only abutment tooth is overloaded.
A good oral hygiene is crucial and you need to undergo regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups.