Dental Bridges

Patients may feel self-conscious over the loss of one or more teeth, but missing teeth can also cause other problems. Misaligned teeth, bite problems and periodontal disease may result as well. Chewing can also become compromised, causing food digestion problems.

 

One option for the replacement of missing teeth is a dental bridge. The bridge does just what its name implies: it bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are supported by neighboring natural teeth or implants. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, and one or more false teeth in between. The outer, anchoring teeth are called “abutments” while the false teeth are called “pontics.”

 

Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore chewing and speaking function
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Maintain the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position