What are ‘dental bridges’?

A dental bridge, also known as a pontic, is a restorative dentistry technique that is used to cover the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Apart from the aesthetic concerns of missing teeth, there are many oral complications that can make life miserable and uncomfortable. Dental bridges help safeguard oral health by offering relief to people who have missing or decayed teeth.

Who is the ideal candidate for a dental bridge?

Most individuals with one or more missing teeth will qualify for bridgework treatment. However, conditions vary from case to case. Your dentist will examine and advise on whether you can actually opt for a dental bridge. As a rule of thumb, you must:

  • Have two strong and healthy teeth on each side of the position where the bridgework is to be carried out
  • Moreover, these two teeth must have strong roots

Different types of dental bridges

Depending on your oral health and several other parameters, your dentist will recommend one of four types of dental bridges. These are:

Traditional Bridges

Also known as fixed bridges, these consist of one or more fake teeth and are firmly positioned in place by dental crowns called abutments. They are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Traditional bridges can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap.

Cantilever Bridges

Not every patient is fortunate to have two natural, strong teeth on either side of the gap; some people have a healthy tooth only on one side. A cantilever bridge is the best way out in such circumstances; there is only one abutment supporting the pontic.

Maryland Bridges

Also called resin-bonded bridges, Maryland Bridges are made up of a specialty ceramic material, which is cemented on to the enamel of the adjacent teeth. Since practically very less preparation is required beforehand, these bridges are growing in popularity.

Implant-supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are ideally recommended when you have more than one tooth missing. These bridges are supported by dental implants rather than natural teeth; usually, one implant is placed for every missing tooth, and this linear sequence of implants holds the bridge together.

Experience efficient and effective bridgework in Singapore

We recommend the best possible bridgework modality depending on your oral health conditions. At G Dental, our experts ensure you receive the best treatment and care to help you restore your oral health in the least possible time.

Contact us or make an appointment for a consultation at our clinic today.