All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose a tooth, or teeth, they should ideally be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Fixed bridges are applied by placing crowns on the abutment teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
In our practice, we will discuss weather an implant or a bridge is better for your case. Sometimes placing an implant requires extensive bone reconstruction that is either uncertain or not practical for your needs. Even with implants shining a bright light on dentistry, a bridge may still be your best option when replacing lost teeth.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to precious or semi-precious metal.