Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered a durable option for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. However, Implants are the most conservative route to go, if one qualifies. Both bridges and implants are pretty close in cost. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a resin meshwork and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.