What is Teeth Bridges?
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap with one or more artificial (false) teeth. A bridge is typically made of crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic (false tooth) and is cemented in place.
What does a dental bridge look like?
A typical dental bridge has:
Abutment teeth: A dental professional places two crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. These anchoring teeth, or supporting teeth, can be your natural teeth or dental implants.
Pontics: This false tooth (or teeth) fills in the gap and attaches to the crowns.
Who needs a dental bridge?
Dental bridges can help if you have a missing tooth or teeth. The most common causes of missing teeth are tooth decay, gum disease and injury. Or you may have been born with missing teeth due to a congenital condition. To get a dental bridge, you need healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Your teeth work together. If a tooth is missing, nearby teeth can move into the empty space. The teeth in your opposite jaw can also move up or down toward the space.
This can cause:
1: Bite problems.
2: Chewing difficulties.
3: Pain from the extra stress on your teeth and jaw.
Self-consciousness about the way you look or your smile.
Do I need dental implants?
Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a dental implant instead of a bridge. A dental lab creates new teeth based on a model of your mouth. A surgeon places the implant in your jaw. Over time, the implants integrate with the jawbone and are connected to the new teeth. An advantage of implants is that they don’t need support from the other teeth..
Types of Bridges
involves two crowns sometimes called abutments anchoring the fake tooth or teeth. This is the most popular type of bridge, and it can be fixed or removable.
requires only one crown for support. This involves a less intensive procedure and may be a good option for people who do not want to damage healthy teeth.
are more conservative and less invasive than traditional or cantilever bridges. The bridge is anchored by metal or porcelain frameworks attached to the backs of teeth on either side of the gap.