Dental Bridges

What Are Dental Bridges?

Bridges are like crowns in that they restore smiles and function. Dental bridges have existed longer than crowns, and are used more often as a means of replacing a tooth.

One downside to opting for a dental bridge is the preparation. When preparing a bridge, the enamel on adjacent teeth is removed so that the crown can be cemented to either side. After a bridge has been placed, the adjacent teeth must always be protected by a crown because they no longer have enamel on either side.

When Do You Need A Dental Bridge?

  • If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to fix.
  • If you have a gap or are missing a tooth.
  • If you have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or weakened.
  • If crowns and implants are too financially unfeasible.
  • If you have had an extraction
  • If you want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile

The Different Types of Dental Bridges

  1. Traditional Bridges: the most popular dental bridge today. These bridges are created by cementing the bridge tooth to the sides of the adjacent teeth.
  2. Cantilever Bridges: these are like traditional bridges, except they are only glue to one tooth instead of each side. 
  3. Implant Bridges: are supported by dental implants, rather than adjacent teeth.

When you visit our dentist offices in Delray Beach or Boynton Beach, we will determine which dental bridge is right for you.