A dental bridge is a great way to replace missing teeth. A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate mold is made of the prepared area. The mold is then sent to a laboratory where the gold or porcelain (tooth colored) bridge is made. The bridge is then cemented to the prepared teeth. This will create the look of a new tooth. Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth.
BRIDGES MAY BE USED TO CORRECT A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS INCLUDING:
A missing tooth or teeth.
Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space.
The “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth.
A desire to improve chewing ability.
A desire for a more permanent solution than dentures.