The Types and Benefits of Dental Bridges

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The Types and Benefits of Dental Bridges

One of the most common needs at any dental clinic is filling in the space left by a damaged or infected tooth that’s been removed, and at Caring Smiles Dental Clinic, we have several such services available. One of the most popular and well-known is called a dental bridge.

What are the different types of dental bridges, and how might they benefit you? Let’s have a look.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three common types of dental bridges:

  1. Traditional: Also called fixed bridges, these are the most common type of bridge. A fixed bridge involves a crown on either side of the missing tooth, plus then a filler tooth (known as a “pontic”) in between. Traditional bridges are generally made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  2. Cantilever bridges: These are bridges used mostly for molars, or anytime there’s only a remaining tooth left on one side of the missing tooth, not both. This is not as common snice these areas are more limited.
  3. Maryland bonded bridges: These are used for front teeth, and involve an additional attached metal framework to the teeth. This framework is colored white for blending purposes.


The primary benefit of dental bridges is their ability to prevent issues in the affected area. Bridges are very strong, and they help limit gum disease and other issues that begin cropping up when there’s empty space in a tooth socket. Bridges are attached permanently, and they can even help strengthen teeth near them.


Bridges also last a very long time – studies have shown that nearly all forms of reputable bridges are durable for multiple decades, if not an entire lifetime.


The procedure for a bridge is easy and simple, and takes just a tad longer than a standard crown. Unlike dental implants, which include surgical procedures and potentially even bone grafts, bridges can be installed easily and with no incisions or surgery. The installation is simple and painless.


Instead of a gap where your tooth used to be, a bridge gives you what looks like a totally normal tooth. If you’re worried about contrasting colors with the new bridge and your old teeth, don’t be concerned – blending colorations is easy with our technology.

Want to learn more about bridges, or any of our other family dental services? Speak to the professionals at Caring Smiles Dental Clinic today.