A dental bridge is a dental fixture that contains a false tooth known as a “pontic”. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The pontic is centered between two attached porcelain crowns, to create a fixed bridge. The fixed bridge is permanently cemented to the two teeth on either side of the tooth gap.
There are three different types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridge – a false tooth (“pontic”) centered between two attached porcelain crowns
Cantilever – a bridge that attaches to only one tooth on either side of a tooth gap.
Resin bonded (“Maryland” bridge) – false teeth are fused together to metal bands and bonded to the back of teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge is ideal for missing teeth in the front of the mouth.