Bridges

Bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth, which attaches to adjacent natural teeth (called abutment teeth). Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable.

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Missing teeth also cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

Procedure

  1. Teeth on either side of the gap is prepared by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin
  2. Teeth impressions are taken to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, and sent to a lab where bridge will be constructed
  3. Fixed bridge is cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth

Caring for Bridge

Regular brushing and flossing will keep the surrounding teeth clean. This is important as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.