There are four main types of dental bridges. Each of these is described in more detail below, as well as a section to uncover the differences between them and the indications for the use of each type of dental bridge. The four main types of bridges are:
Traditional dental bridge
This bridge is the most common. It has two or more crowns and a filler tooth or teeth that are all connected. The crowns keep the bridge in place. Traditional bridges are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Maryland dental bridge (resin-bonded bridge)
You may have this type of bridge if you have missing front teeth. It’s made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramic teeth, supported by a framework. Wings on each side of the bridge bond to your existing teeth.
In this bridge type, the pontic connects to only one abutment tooth. This can sometimes be an option for people who have teeth on only one side of the gap.
Dental Implants-supported bridge
This bridge is similar to a “traditional fixed bridge” but instead of being cemented in place to teeth, it is held in place by implants. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a dental implant instead of a bridge. A dental lab creates new teeth based on a model of your mouth. A surgeon places the implant-supported bridge in your jaw. Over time, the dental implants integrate with the jawbone and are connected to the new teeth. The advantage of dental implant is that they don’t need support from the other teeth.