Types of Dental Bridges
in Vero Beach


Dental treatment can work wonders with damaged teeth, but sometimes there are occasions where a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that saving it is simply not possible. Gaps between teeth can be hugely detrimental to your confidence and self-esteem, and depending on where the gap is located, it can even have a negative impact on the functionality of your other teeth and the overall use of your mouth. This is due to the fact that after time, your remaining teeth can take advantage of the space to shift around slightly, causing misalignment and a range of other associated dental problems.

Thankfully you don’t have to live with gaps any longer. Dental bridges work to fill this gap where the missing tooth would have been with a false tooth and also holding the remaining teeth either side in place so that they don’t shift into the space.

Vero Dental Spa explains the four main varieties of dental bridges currently available; traditional, cantilever, Maryland/resin bonded, and implant-supported.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are the most commonly recommended treatment for missing teeth. They involve creating crowns that sit on one or two teeth either side of the gap, which take on the role of anchors for the pontic (the false tooth). The anchored teeth are referred to as abutment teeth and help to provide stability for the pontic and make the teeth as functional as possible, as well as giving the appearance of perfectly normal, natural teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridges

In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, for example your front teeth, the pontic tooth requires much less support and may only be anchored on one side. This is known as a cantilever dental bridge. The result is still as strong and aesthetically pleasing, but far less treatment will be required, making the process quicker and simpler.

Maryland / Resin Bonded Dental Bridges

This variety of dental bridge is almost always used for treating the front teeth. The pontic is fused to metal or ceramic wing-like structures that are then bonded securely to the abutment teeth with an ultra-strong resin. This means that the abutment teeth require virtually no preparation, and the wings are secured in such a way that they are hidden from view, giving you a completely natural looking smile.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

The most recent innovation in dental bridges is the development of the implant-supported variety. An implant is inserted into the bone where the original tooth root would have been, where it will immediately begin to fuse to the bone. Once this has happened, individual crowns or an implant-supported bridge can be put into place. These are extremely strong as they are anchored to the jawbone, and are a good solution for gaps that have very little support on either side.


If you have a gap in your teeth, or have a tooth that requires extraction, a dental bridge can help improve your confidence and smile. Speak to a doctor of Vero Dental Spa who will be happy to advise you which type of dental bridge is right for you.

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