A dental bridge attaches to existing healthy teeth surrounding a gap to create a bridge across the area in a recipient’s smile. In more traditional versions of the procedure, the two teeth on opposite sides of the oral gap can be shaved down to accommodate the dental bridge.
A cap is then placed over each missing tooth accompanied by the bridge, seamlessly replacing missing teeth. In parts of the mouth that can’t handle as much force or where only one tooth is missing, dentists often recommend using a winged, or Maryland bridge that’s embedded into neighboring teeth, rather than one that fully caps them.
In some instances, teeth might be missing on both sides of a gap, making it difficult to line up the dental bridge. One solution is to install what’s called a cantilevered bridge. This type of bridge is attached to a single tooth on one side of the mouth, and the bridge structure can hang securely over the gap.