Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They are a permanent fixture that is attached to the teeth next to a gap. A bridge is useful for stopping existing teeth around the gap from drifting into the open space, and allows for the functionality of your bite to be restored.
Bridges are a great alternative to dental implants and dentures, as they are less invasive and are more accurate than dentures if only one tooth is missing. Bridges come in many different materials and designs, allowing for a great versatility of placement and purpose. During your consultation, the dentist will examine your dentition and bite, and inform you on their recommendation of which particular material or design is best suited for you.
There are several types of bridges, each one serving a different purpose within the mouth:
- Cantilever bridge, where a false tooth is anchored into the gap and attached to its adjacent teeth
- Fixed bridge, used for larger gaps. It consists of two crowns, going over the existing adjacent teeth to hold it in place, with a false tooth covering the gap
- Adhesive bridge, where existing adjacent teeth are fixed to the bridge using what is called a wing
Two appointments are generally required for bridge procedures, one for preparation of the area and one for fitting the bridge. Your dentist will shape and move the surrounding teeth to ensure that the bridge fits perfectly. After installation, the bridge will be perfectly adjusted to fit your bite and result in comfort and ease.