In addition to Dental Implants, there are two ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth (a partial denture), the second is with a fixed dental bridge.
Restoring your smile
Restoring the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintaining the shape of your face
Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Preventing the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
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.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, with one or more false teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Benefits of Bridges
The benefits of a Dental Bridge include:
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves re-contouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab.
We make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit.
If the dental bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base to reduce the cost.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side.
A gap can also mean your bite 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.