Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are created to bridge the gaps between healthy teeth, where at least one tooth may have deteriorated from decay or been removed.

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.

Bridges are prescribed for damaged, decayed or broken teeth.

The damaged teeth are prepared by eliminating tooth structure.

After fabrication the bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.

Bridges restore the natural beauty and health of teeth.