Missing teeth can often affect a person’s ability to eat properly, smile confidently, and speak.
Bridges are crafted carefully to give the appearance of a tooth emerging from the gum when it is a false tooth supported on one or both sides of the space.
Dental bridges can be utilised where implants cannot physically be placed, for instance, if there is not enough bone or there are some medical conditions which would advise against implant treatment.
Bridges are also much less costly than implants and can be used temporarily if implants are to be considered.
These bridges are much preferred nowadays because they are less invasive and destructive to the adjacent teeth. Very little, if any, adjustment of the adjacent tooth is required.
The prosthetic tooth replacing the space has a metallic wing attached to it. This wing has a specially coated surface which will help create a stronger bond once cemented to the tooth adjacent to the space.
The advent of dental implants has rendered conventional bridges a less popular choice to replace missing teeth, as this type of bridge requires the teeth on either side of the space to be adjusted quite heavily. Once these teeth have been changed, a bridge then seats on the teeth on either side of the area, which then closes the missing distance.