A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration piece that is used to replace one or more missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge is custom designed to span the area where teeth are missing in the mouth.
Dental Bridges can:
- Restore your smile and confidence
- Restore your ability to properly chew and improve your speak
- Maintain and restore the shape of your face
- Help to evenly distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position by filling the empty spaces that have been left behind from your missing teeth
A bridge may be recommended if you have lost one or more of your teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.