What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is one option used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It’s required that the missing tooth have a tooth on both sides. A tooth or teeth neighboring the missing tooth or teeth may be crowned and used as anchoring teeth to support the replacement tooth. Replacing missing teeth is imperative to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to a misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems.
Dental Bridge Process
The same steps are involved as a crown but instead of only one tooth, a bridge involves three or more teeth. It will replace the missing tooth as well as make that tooth look natural and restore the function again. Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from mixtures of gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.
Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, if left untreated, structural changes to your mouth and jaw may occur, making it difficult to eat and speak properly.