Restore your smile by bridging the gap between missing teeth with a dental prosthesis, also known as a bridge, provided you have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in the same arch. It restores cosmetics, provides solid support to the structure of the jaw and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting.
The process includes grinding down adjacent teeth to create an abutment that will be used to anchor the bridge in its place. A bridge consists of a minimum of three units, known as a Pontic (a false tooth) that is fused between two crowns and cemented into the abutment teeth.
A bridge is a reliable, cost-effective option to fill the space in your mouth left by missing teeth. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to tooth decay and can also create gum problems.
Fixed bridges can correct an altered bite, improve your chewing ability and speech, and provide a natural appearance. However, bridges do not stop bone loss and will need to be replaced throughout your lifetime.