Use of false teeth to bridge the gap in the oral cavity
WHY BRIDGE IS NEEDED?
Smile restoration, ability to chew, speech restoration, maintain shape of the face, prevent shifting of teeth.
o Traditional: Use of natural existing teeth on both sides to hold the bridge
o Cantilever: Use of only 1 natural tooth for the abutment to hold the bridge
o Maryland: Similar to tradition with an additional framework that is bonded to the abutment tooth
o Implant Supported: Bridge is held with an implant rather than an existing abutment tooth (surgery required)