If you have a missing tooth, it can create an uncomfortable gap in your mouth when you bite or chew, as well as looking unsightly and placing a strain on the teeth on either side of it. A bridge can be placed next to the gap to hold a false tooth in place.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is so called because it is used to bridge the gap created by a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. An artificial tooth is inserted in the gap, which is anchored in place by attaching it to the teeth on either side, known as abutments, through the use of crowns. Bridges also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position and restore the function of the mouth.
An alternative to a bridge is to have a secure dental implant fitted. This can be an effective option if the teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to support the bridge.
- Restore and improve the appearance of your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Types of bridge
There are three main types of bridge available:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
At LS1 Dental, we work alongside dental technicians that are amongst the best in the industry. They can make a high quality dental bridge that is both natural looking and functional, effectively restoring your teeth to a full, beautiful state of health.
Contact the team today to arrange a consultation.