San Anselmo Family Dentistry does bridges for patients who are missing teeth. A bridge is a structure that holds an artificial tooth and attaches it to your mouth to close the gap left by missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are custom-made for each patient, so that they fit perfectly in the gap and match the color of the natural teeth.
Bridges come in three types – traditional, Cantilever and Maryland bonded bridges.
Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are the most common and are used when there are healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge is made with the artificial tooth or teeth in the middle of two crowns. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared so that the crowns can fit over them. The crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth and cemented into place. Traditional bridges are usually made with porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.