A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth, and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns. Bridges are made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain or a combination to ensure that they are strong and durable. The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. This process is identical to how crowns are prepared (see crowns). After the teeth have been prepared, a mold or scan is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a custom bridge that will fit properly and will feel like your natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place the abutments, and a pontic – a solid tooth shaped piece – that is the new tooth replacing your missing one.
If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced, because missing teeth can cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
When you are missing a single tooth, or multiple teeth, a Dental Bridge is a fixed (meaning cemented in and not removable) appliance that are designed to fill those gaps with realistic looking and feeling teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics or a combination of these things.
Bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth in order to restore your smile, improve the appearance and support for the shape of your face, can help with eating and speaking and can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position.
In order to prepare teeth for a Dental Bridge, tooth structure must be taken away to accommodate the fitting of the new bridge. This can be justified if the teeth that are being prepared are decayed or heavily restored. In the case of teeth that have never had fillings and are in good health otherwise, the idea of cutting them down to prepare for a bridge is not ideal. In this case, Dental Implants can be an excellent alternative treatment.