Traditional Dental Bridges
If you are missing at least one tooth and still have natural teeth on either side of the gap, Dr. McBeth may recommend a bridge. Bridges are typically fabricated using one of three methods: gold, porcelain, or a porcelain and gold hybrid materials. Gold bridges are more traditional and offer a very reliable, long duration period. Porcelain bridges are made from a very strong type of porcelain (no metal used), and most closely resemble natural teeth providing an optimum aesthetic. Sometimes a bridge is made from porcelain which is then fused to a gold base to marry the cosmetic results of porcelain with the strength and durability of gold.
Other Types of Bridges
Maryland bridges are specialty bridges that specifically replace the front teeth. These consist of false teeth which are fused with metal bands and cemented in place with resin. Cantilever bridges are very similar to traditional bridges, and are used when one side of a dental gap does not have a healthy tooth for a traditional bridge to anchor to. In certain cases where patients may not fit the requirements for a bridge, Dr. McBeth may instead offer a cantilever bridge.