A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns in order to fill in the area remaining “open” by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is called a “fixed bridge”. This type of procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever type of bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when teeth exist on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or more.
Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
If you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices you should discuss this procedure with Adriatic Dental. If spaces are left unfilled they may cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Additionally, these unfilled spaces can make your existing teeth and gums far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.