A dental bridge is a false tooth which is fused between two porcelain crowns in order to replace a missing tooth. Each bridge is custom made to fill in the space. If spaces are left unfilled the surrounding teeth are liable to drift out of position. Furthermore, spaces from missing teeth can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices, you should discuss this procedure with our dentist.
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
The false tooth is attached by the bridge to the two other teeth around the space - bridging them together. Unlike partial dentures, fixed bridges are set in place permanently and cannot be removed. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Resin Bonded Bridge
The resin bonded is normally used for your front teeth and requires less amount of preparation on the surrounding teeth. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This type of bridge is less expensive than the others but the abutment teeth must be healthy.
If the gap is situated in the front of your mouth then a Cantilever bridge will be used. It will also be used when your teeth can only offer support on one side of the open space. The procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.