John Fasbinder, DDS
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Dr. Fasbinder will often consider dental bridges for people who have missing teeth and practice good oral hygiene. If you have spaces created by missing teeth, your remaining teeth may begin to shift out of position and become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Typically, there are three types of fixed dental bridges:

Traditional Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns and is used to fill in an area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns, which hold the false tooth, are attached to the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. A fixed bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and cannot be removed like a partial denture.

Resin Bonded Bridges

Resin bonded bridges are used primarily on the front teeth. This bridge is most successful when the surrounding teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. Resin bonded bridges reduce the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are considered for areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.