There are so many ways that you can lose a tooth, even if your oral hygiene is spotless. Fall, bite on a pit accidental left in a cherry cake, or a night out getting a bit too heated are just some of the possibilities that can leave your smile less than perfect. Fear not, because this is where a dental bridge comes to rescue.
Bridging the Gap
A is designed to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. They are usually supported by two or sometimes teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth or two between them. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth, by implants, or in some cases by the combination of the two. The teeth supporting the bridge will need some work to make room for the crown. The amount of work depends on the type of bridge.
A bonded bridge needs less dental work, but is only as strong as the bonding material. A cantilever bridge is not used all that often anymore, and is held by a crown on one side of the missing tooth. The false tooth or teeth that are positioned between the crowns can be made of porcelain, alloys, gold, or other more exotic options.
Why Do it?
Depending on which tooth or teeth are missing, you could have issues speaking and chewing. Putting in a bridge to replace the missing teeth is a life saver. It helps maintain the shape of your face and evenly distributes the pressure when biting or chewing to avoid any undue stress on other teeth, prematurely wearing them out. Most of all, your smile will be back in all its glory.