Bridges - Restoring Your Smile - 05/15/2003
Bridging the Gap
A bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth makes it easier to chew. It can improve your appearance. It also helps keep your teeth, gums, and jaws healthy.
What Happens After Tooth Loss?
Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth. These gaps can cause chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together (your bite). A poor bite may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And shifting of teeth following tooth loss may change your smile.
What Is a Fixed Bridge?
A fixed bridge is one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth next to them. Once it's in place, the bridge is not meant to be removed. A bridge can be made of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, or a combination of the two. Your dentist will suggest the best material for your mouth. There are two main types of bridges: conventional and resin-bonded.
It will take two or more dental visits to prepare and fit your bridge.