A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. Crowns are used on the teeth in front of and behind the missing tooth to support the false tooth. This entire restoration is cemented on to those supporting teeth.
There are several reasons to replace missing teeth, for instance:
- Migration: The teeth surrounding a vacant area in the mouth, including the teeth above or below, will move into that open area. The position that these teeth move into is unnatural for them and can cause them to develop problems, that can lead to tooth loss, in extreme cases.
- Function: Teeth in every part of the mouth are designed for particular functions. If there is an area that has missing teeth, that area cannot function properly. The result is for other teeth to assume the added work, of which they were not designed or intended. This added work can create problems that might cause additional teeth to need treatment or extraction.
- Appearance: This is the most obvious reason patients’ think of. The state of the art techniques and materials we use, results in a very natural look.
Bridges are made to either be tooth colored or all gold. The tooth colored bridges usually have a sub-base of gold and porcelain is baked on to create a very natural look. There are variations to these two types and there are specific reasons why one material might be recommended.