Bridges are dental appliances that replace lost teeth
and can be either fixed or removable. They help maintain
the shape of your face and reduce the stress in your
bite by replacing missing teeth.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth.
In most cases, they are very natural and unnoticeable.
They ï¿½bridgeï¿½ the gap where one or more teeth should
| What are dental bridges?
You have one or more missing teeth due
to decay or an accident. This loss changes
the look of your smile, your bite, and
puts stress on surrounding teeth to compensate
for the lost tooth. One option may suggest
for replacing the lost tooth is with a
bridge. The missing tooth is replaced with
an artificial tooth connected between two
crowns (caps) which are permanently cemented
or bonded on the adjacent teeth.
|Having a bridge is like having three
crowns. The teeth on either side of the
missing tooth are prepared for crowns,
an impression is made, and the case is
sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory
then makes the crowns and fastens a false
tooth between the two crowns - this is
a bridge. The advantages of a bridge are
that it is fixed, stable, and feels like
your own teeth. In most cases it can be
made to look just like you never had a
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another
is that the gap left by missing tooth can
mean greater strain on the teeth at either
side. A gap can also mean your ï¿½biteï¿½ is
affected, because the teeth next to the
space can lean into the gap
and alter the way the upper and lower teeth
bite together. This can then
lead to food getting packed into the gap,
which causes both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing
and on where they are in the mouth. The
condition of the other teeth also affects
the decision. There are two main two ways
to replace the missing teeth. The first
is with a removable false tooth or teeth
ï¿½ a partial denture. The second is with
a fixed bridge. A
bridge is usually used where there are
fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing
teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing
Yes, if you have enough strong teeth with
good bone support. Your dentist will help
you decide which is the best way of replacing
the teeth within your budget.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of a precious
metal base. If the bridge will show, porcelain
is then bonded to the base. Sometimes,
there are other nonprecious
metals used in the base to reduce the cost.