A Dental Cantilever Bridge is unlike the others that have come before it. The main reason is the way that it functions and the way it is designed. The traditional types of these devices attach to the teeth on each side of it. However, this one relies on anchoring to only one side, not both. This means that the Dental Cantilever Bridge will anchor either on the left or the right of the device to one or more teeth on that side.
These devices can be made of gold or porcelain or a mixed material such as metal fused porcelain. These are used more often in the front of the mouth where there isn’t as much pressure exerted on teeth. A Dental Cantilever Bridge may also be necessary for other areas in the mouth, and the dentist would make that recommendation to the patient.
The abutment teeth, or the teeth that will be used to anchor the device, will be conditioned during the initial visit. This means they will be cleaned of all plaque and decay. The abutment tooth or teeth will also have to have a portion of their surface removed so that the Dental Cantilever Bridge will be form fitting when it is placed. After this is done, a temporary will be placed over the area to protect the dentistry that has already been done, protect the exposed teeth, and stop teeth from moving or repositioning. If they were to move, then the device would no longer be a fit and would need to be sent back to the lab to be resized.
An impression is made and sent to the lab. The laboratory makes the device and sends it back to the dentist who will then install it after removing the temporary.