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Reno Dental Bridges: Cantilever Bridges

Having a beautiful smile is possible even when you are missing teeth. Different types of dental bridges can be used to restore missing teeth and give you a gorgeous smile. You and your Reno dentist at Absolute Dental can discuss your different bridge options, which could include cantilever bridges.

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What Are Cantilever Bridges?

Cantilever bridges are a special type of dental bridge used when only one adjacent tooth is next to the missing tooth. The cantilever bridge design uses the abutment tooth, the tooth where the bridge is attached, and a crown. Cantilever bridges are usually made of ceramic tooth-colored materials and may also use metal underneath the crown. 

Indications And Suitability

The indication that you could benefit from a dental cantilever bridge is when you want to replace the missing tooth to help you chew and bite correctly. It is also a suitable solution when you want to replace the missing tooth to have a beautiful smile. 

Advantages And Disadvantages

Cantilever bridges have many benefits and some disadvantages you need to be aware of to help you decide if this is the best tooth replacement option. Some of the many benefits include:

  • Perfect for single missing teeth: When only a single tooth is missing, and only one tooth is next to the missing one, cantilever bridges are a good option
  • Minimal preparation needed: Unlike traditional bridges, where the abutment teeth are altered and reduced to fit the bridge correctly, cantilever bridges only require a slight alteration to the single support tooth, leaving more of its natural structure in place
  • Requires less healing time: Since the procedure is not as complex as regular bridges, it requires less healing time before you can enjoy your new replacement tooth
  • Better long-term oral health: When there are missing teeth, the other teeth can shift and create gaps. By getting a cantilever bridge, the other teeth are unable to move and shift.
  • Cost-effective procedure: Since cantilever bridges only replace a single tooth, they cost less than traditional bridges and implants

While cantilever bridges have many advantages, they also have a few drawbacks, as follows:

  • Limitations on use: To use a cantilever bridge, you need healthy gums and a healthy tooth next to where the one is missing. A cantilever bridge is also not recommended when you have abutment teeth on both sides of the missing tooth or when you need to replace multiple missing teeth.
  • Potential risk of failure: Since one side of the bridge is unsupported, it could lead to an increased risk of cracking, damage, or becoming unbonded from the abutment tooth if not cared for correctly

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Procedure And Installation

The procedure and installation of a cantilever bridge involves several dental visits, including:

  • Initial consultation: You will have an initial consultation to discuss your different tooth replacement options and determine if a dental cantilever bridge is the best solution
  • Teeth cleaning: If you haven’t had a dental cleaning or are coming due for one, you should have your teeth cleaned prior to getting the bridge
  • Material selection: You will have input into the types of materials used to make your cantilever bridge
  • Bridge preparation: The first procedure is to prepare the abutment tooth by removing part of the enamel and shaping it so it can support the bridge
  • Teeth impressions: The next step is to get teeth impressions to ensure the artificial tooth and bridge fit correctly and will look natural
  • Temporary bridge or cap: While you wait for your final bridge, your dentist can install a temporary bridge or may cap the prepared tooth to protect it
  • Bridge installation: Once your dentist receives the cantilever bridge, you will go in to have it installed. The temporary bridge or cap will be removed, and the finished bridge will be installed.
  • Bridge bonding: Your dentist will use some type of bonding material to secure the bridge in place and ensure it is securely attached to the abutment tooth
  • Final checks: Your dentist will have you bite down to check your bite and verify that your new bridge is comfortable and that there are no issues

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Aftercare And Maintenance

Aftercare for your cantilever bridge is very simple: Brush and floss like you usually do. You should also keep up with your bi-annual dental visits and cleanings. During these appointments, your dentist will check the bridge to ensure it does not require any adjustments.

Cost And Insurance Coverage

The cost of a cantilever bridge can vary based on the materials used. Some dental insurance plans may cover part of the costs and the installation procedure. You can save money on cantilever bridges at Absolute Dental with our Smile Saver membership. You can also check out our current specials and discounts. We can even assist you with special financing to cover the costs of your cantilever bridge.

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Absolute Dental makes it easy to restore your smile with cantilever dental bridges in Reno and Reno. We also offer a wide range of other tooth replacement options, including traditional bridges, partials, full dentures, and implants.  

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Absolute Dental is a preferred provider for most insurances, unions, and hotels that include: Aetna, Ameritas, Boon-Chapman, Caesars Palace, Cigna, Delta Dental, Diversified, Geha, Guardian, Harrah’s, HealthSCOPE Benefits, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), Humana, Liberty, Met-Life, MGM-MIRAGE, Premier Access, The Standard, Station Casinos, Teachers Health Trust, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Venetian, and The Zenith. We also accept Medicaid.

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Cantilever Bridges FAQs

A cantilever bridge only attaches to a single abutment tooth.

Yes, you must have healthy gums and be replacing a tooth where there is only a single abutment tooth.

A cantilever bridge can easily last over a decade with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.


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