Crowns and bridges are the most common type of dental prosthetic work. Unlike the removable complete and partial dentures, crowns and bridges are permanently fixed onto your teeth or implants. While crown is used to cover a damaged tooth, bridges are recommended if you have lost more than one tooth.

Dental Bridges and Their Different Types

A bridge is a dental restoration, used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Bridges are cemented to the supporting teeth or fixed on an implant that is placed next to the empty space created by the missing tooth. These supporting teeth, called abutments, work as anchors for the bridge. The four different types of fixed bridges for teeth are:

Traditional Bridge

If you have your original teeth or implants on both sides of the missing tooth, your dentist may help you with this type of bridge. These bridges use pontics, commonly known as replacement or false tooth.

Implant Supported Bridges

This kind of bridge is supported normally by implants in absence of enough healthy teeth beside the missing tooth.

Maryland Bridges

With the help a metal framework, your dentist will cement this bridge to the back of your natural teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, they don’t require excessive reduction of the supporting teeth.

Cantilever Bridges

Unlike traditional bridges, Cantilever bridge attaches to the teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. It is basically used to replace one missing tooth.

Dental Crowns and Their Different Types

Crowns are cap shaped prosthetics that are placed on a damaged tooth. The fixed crowns are used not only to restore the shape of your missing tooth, but these also mimic the natural look of the tooth. There are three different types of dental crowns:


Made of a porcelain based compound, this type crown mimics the look of your natural teeth.


Designed from a mixture of metals like copper, gold and other materials, this kind of crown makes the strongest teeth.

Porcelain-fused to metal

Connected to metal structure, this type of crowns are durable and cheaper than its other counterparts.

The process of fitting fixed crowns and bridges not only helps to maintain the natural alignment of your teeth but also restores your smile. The cost of bridges and fixed crowns depends on the number of teeth that are needed to be replaced. If you have lost a tooth or a number of teeth, it is essential to discuss with your dentist to know the best available fixed bridges options.