Dental Bridge Options
A bridge - a device used to replace missing teeth ó attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges).Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts, Partial dentures. Although there are several types of bridges, most commonly, the teeth on the sides of the space are prepared the same as for crowns and in the middle is the false tooth (pontic).The bridge is bonded or cemented into place and only a dentist can remove it. Replacing the missing tooth with a bridge restores dental function by gaining a tooth supported by neighboring teeth.
If youíre missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, itís difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.