Dental bridges replace the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. Bridges can be made from gold or porcelain fused to a metal substructure. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.The benefits of a bridge are:
How is a bridge attached?
A fixed bridge is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing teeth. A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth or teeth. A pontic is attached to a crown (a restoration that covers a tooth). Crowns, which are cemented on natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
Dental implants attach artificial teeth directly into the jaw. For patients who are missing more than one tooth, a dental implant bridge can be an excellent treatment option in lieu of a partial denture or fixed bridge.
Because surgery is required, candidates for dental implants should have good health and adequate jawbone to support an implant. For some patients, implants can help preserve the jawbone where teeth have been lost.