A dental bridge is an excellent solution for one or more missing teeth. A series of dental crowns are fused together, with an artificial tooth, or pontic, replacing the missing tooth. In general, bridges replace only one or two missing teeth and dentists do not consider them suitable for larger gaps. Because each dental crown is cemented to the adjacent teeth, the false tooth rests perfectly in the space where the missing tooth was. Stable and permanent, dental bridges literally “bridge the gap” and look just like your real teeth!
A cantilever bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge, except that it’s attached to one or two of the side teeth, typically because there is no tooth on the other side, or in areas of mouth that are under less stress, and in this case, the artificial tooth is supported from just one end. A cantilever dental bridge often uses the same number of dental crowns, but with a different layout: The abutment crowns are placed next to each other, with the pontic placed on the end. In some cases, only one support tooth with a dental crown is needed, when the cantilever bridge requires minimal support.