A dental bridge is one of the many treatment options used to replace missing teeth.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are fixed “non-removable” restorations used to replace one or multiple missing teeth in between two teeth. A false tooth known as a “pontic” tooth will replace the missing space by anchoring to the natural teeth on either side. These adjacent teeth are known as the abutment teeth of the bridge. Dental bridges, like dental crowns, are full coverage restorations and come in a variety of dental materials.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
Dental bridges can restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile. Replacing missing teeth can help you chew effectively, speak properly and restore confidence in your smile. Replacement of missing teeth will also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting into the missing space. Drifting and shifting of teeth can affect how your teeth occlude or bite together and can even lead to TMJ issues.
Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have one or a few consecutive missing teeth in between two adjacent teeth. They are a good option for some patients but a newer technology known as a dental implant is available now. Dental bridges are typically used when dental implants are not a viable option. Your dentist will decide on your exam if a bridge is the best treatment option to replace your missing teeth.