A dental bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress in your bite. Sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, bridges literally bridge the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. The bridge typically consists of a replacement tooth connected to two crowns. The crowns are slipped over the teeth adjacent to the gap, creating the 'bridge." Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanent; patients cannot remove them.
A bridge stabilizes the bite of a patient who is missing one or more teeth and prevents the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable and require removal or make the teeth harder to clean, compromising oral health or change the shape of a face and diminish the beauty of a smile.
A dental bridge is aesthetically pleasing and in many cases it also makes chewing and speaking easier.
To find out if a dental bridge is best for you, please contact our practice today.