A dental bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Many adults at one point in their life may lose a tooth or teeth. Missing teeth can have a tremendous impact on life. In addition to making it harder to chew and eat properly, the remaining teeth can shift and move, creating “pockets” where bacteria can collect and create an unattractive smile. A missing tooth can affect not only your self-confidence, but your overall health and quality of life.
If you are missing teeth, it is very important to replace them. One solution involves the use of a dental bridge. A common type of bridge design is achieved by crowning the teeth in front of and behind the missing tooth. This multiple unit bridge is then permanently bonded to the healthy teeth and it cannot be removed. It provides a permanent, non-removable alternative to a partial denture. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants if healthy teeth are not in the proper position.
Whether supported by natural teeth or implants, bridges offer the life-like appearance of natural teeth. Bridges can fully restore your chewing surfaces and can enhance your overall facial esthetics.