What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to span, or bridge a gap (missing teeth) between teeth. Same as with crowns, teeth on either side of the empty space are reshaped.
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. This is known as a fixed bridge.
A bridge 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 bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease and help correct some bite issues. Bridges require your best effort to keep an optimum oral hygiene, and can last as long as ten years or more.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. At Cancun Implant Dentistry we can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
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Last updated: Apr 06, 2017 11:39 am