Dental Bridges- How do they work?

Dental Bridges:  How do they work?

A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth.  A bridge is permanently cemented to replace the missing tooth.  After the bridge is cemented you will not see or feel the space where the missing tooth has been replaced.  It is almost as if the tooth were never lost!

Untreated gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty space, resulting in a bad bite.  The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (that's jaw pain- and we don't want that!).  Of course, if the missing tooth is in the front it is quite unsightly.

So: A dental bridge acts like a bridge over a river.  Instead of supports on land on each side of the river and a bridge over the river, a dental bridge has support from teeth on each side of a space, with a " tooth bridge", called a pontic, over the space.  The teeth are all connected and the bridge is cemented and stays in the mouth.  It is not removeable and it looks and feels just like natural teeth and you treat it like natural teeth.

Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.  The teeth on either side of the space are called abutments and they serve as anchors for the bridge.

As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges.  We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth, its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. 

Please call with any questions you may have.

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