Replace That Missing Tooth! What is a Cantilever Tooth Bridge?
Can a cantilever bridge be used to replace your missing tooth?
There are many ways to replace a missing tooth. Most people would prefer to replace a missing tooth with something that feels like their own tooth, doesn’t have to come out of their mouth and something that doesn’t hurt their other teeth. If you are missing a tooth and you would like to know what options you have, our office would love to help! Our office will let you know if a cantilever bridge is right for you!
Your dentist and Orthodontist should have a plan as the teeth are erupting to allow for a future healthy occlusion (bite) and esthetics. Here we have given our patient the option of dental implants to restore the missing teeth or a cantilever bridge to restore the missing lateral incisor on her right.
What is a cantilever bridge? It is a little like a diving board. The bridge is supported usually by a strong tooth and a smaller tooth is suspended off of one side of the bridge.
In the photo to the right you can see the conservative tooth preparations that were used. Our patient’s canine tooth was strong enough to support a suspended lateral incisor. We have shaped the gums slightly in the area of the missing right lateral incisor so that when the final bridge is in place, the tooth appears to ‘grow’ from the gums. The small or ‘peg’ left lateral incisor is conservatively shaped for a porcelain veneer. The final result? Wonderful!
Our Grand Junction office loves helping people achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. We see patients from all over Colorado. To find out more about us, please visit our web site at www.juliegillisdds.com. or call our office at (970) 242-3635.