A dental bridge is a treatment designed to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) and as such is similar to a denture or an implant.
Is a dental bridge suitable for you?
Dental bridges, otherwise known as fixed partial dentures, may be your ideal option to replace a tooth or teeth, with the goal of having the new appliance blend seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth. Dental bridges can be used to replace between one and six missing teeth.
They are either anchored to relatively healthy teeth at each end or fixed to implants – which, to be viable, require dense, healthy underlying bone. Because of the excellent control that dental bridges offer over length, width, alignment and shade of the artificial teeth, this option is generally recommended when aesthetics are a priority.
Bridges are generally not suitable where seven or more teeth need to be replaced, in which case a denture would be a better alternative. They are not usually recommended where adjacent teeth are weak, or where there is inadequate bone density to place an implant.
What is the procedure for treatment?
Adult teeth may be lost in any number of ways, including accidental trauma, infection or poor gum health. Replacing missing teeth is important functionally because chewing, clear speech and jaw health can all be affected.
Replacing missing teeth has the added benefit of improving the look of your smile by filling spaces.