Improve Your Smile and Gain Functionality with Dental Bridges

If you’re unhappy with your smile for any reason — chipped or cracked teeth, missing teeth, asymmetrical smile, you name it — you should consider dental bridges to improve and restore functionality to your smile. 

Dr. Michael Hinh, DDS, at Sac Dentist in Sacramento, California, has answers to common questions about dental bridges.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a type of tooth-replacement procedure that involves pontics (false teeth) and abutments (connecting elements) made of porcelain. These porcelain teeth blend in seamlessly with your real teeth to restore function and aesthetics to your smile.

If you’re considering dental bridges to improve your smile, you should know about the four different types of dental bridges: 

Traditional dental bridge

In a traditional dental bridge, a faux tooth is held in place with dental crowns that have been attached to the abutment tooth or teeth. This is the most popular type of dental bridge, and it’s a great option when you have one missing tooth flanked by two natural teeth.

Cantilever dental bridge

A cantilever dental bridge is similar to the traditional bridge, but it’s held in place by only one cemented crown. You only need a natural tooth on one side of the fake tooth for a cantilever bridge.

Maryland dental bridge

In a Maryland dental bridge, Dr. Hinh bonds porcelain to the backs of your abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place. Like with traditional bridges, you need two natural teeth, one on each side of the fake tooth.

Implant-supported dental bridge

Implant-supported dental bridges work best for people who need extra support and stability. Held in place by dental implants, implant-supported bridges are definitely the most durable type of bridge, but the process takes longer than the other three types.

What are the benefits of dental bridges? 

Depending on the current state of your smile, dental bridges can help you with any of the following:

How are dental bridges different from crowns, dentures, and implants? 

You may feel a little overwhelmed with all of the different tooth replacement procedures. To help you differentiate, here’s a brief overview of each: 


Crowns are also known as dental “caps,” because these are simple covers for a tooth that needs extra stability or volume. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges.


Dentures are removable fake teeth that help you eat, smile, and talk. Often, dentures replace an entire set of teeth, but they can be designed to replace some particular teeth.


Dental implants involve complete replacement of a tooth, all the way down to the root. For implants, Dr. Hinh inserts a metal rod into your tooth socket and then replaces the tooth with an abutment and a crown.  

Are dental bridges right for me? 

Dental bridges may be the right choice for you if you have one or several teeth that need replacement. Not only can bridges restore function in chewing and speaking, but they can also restore self-confidence and pride in your smile.

To learn more about dental bridges, visit our dental bridges FAQ page. To schedule an appointment, call Sac Dentist at 916-331-4781 or request an appointment online at our Sacramento dental office. You can also send the team a message here on the website.

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