What are Bridges?
When one or more teeth are missing and there are still teeth on either side of the space, a bridge is one method of replacement.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth by utilising the teeth either side of the space to support a prosthetic tooth/teeth.
A prosthetic tooth (or teeth) are placed in the open space by attaching a crown (cap) to either side of the bridge – ‘bridging the gap”. The crowns are then placed over the teeth either side of the open space, thus using these existing teeth as an anchor to hold the bridge in place.
A bridge can be made of metal, porcelain or a combination of the two. This is a fixed solution, and therefore not removable.
Why is it Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
When a tooth (or teeth) are removed the remaining teeth can drift out of position, so it is essential that you replace these teeth as soon as possible. A gap in teeth can lead to a change in the bite (resulting in a sore jaw), the loss of additional teeth, decay or gum problems.
Is a Bridge for Me?
Most people who have one or more missing teeth are a potential candidate for a dental bridge. However, the success of the bridge is determined by the level of oral hygiene, the width of the gap and the state of the remaining teeth.
Care for Your Bridges
Brush and floss daily all areas around the bridge. It won’t be possible to floss between the replacement tooth and the attaching crowns, as it is made as a solid piece. In order to solve this problem, it is necessary to use a special type of floss to go under the replacement tooth and keep this area of the gum tissue healthy.