In dentistry a bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Unlike dentures, a bridge will be fixed in your mouth. Bridges is usually created from precious metal (golds, alloys, etc.) and porcelain or in some situation porcelain alone.Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. The teeth supporting the bridge is called “abutment teeth” Installing bridges will require more than a one visit to your dentist (2 or 3 visits minimum).
A bridge can be use if you’re missing one or more teeth. A missing tooth not only be an inconvenience for chewing, eating, speaking and damaging your smile; the empty space from missing tooth (teeth) can eventually cause the rest of your teeth to rotate or shift into the gaps, which may result in a bad bite. The missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD).
Dental Bridges Benefits
How long dental bridges can last?
While bridges & crowns can last a lifetime, they require to maintain a good oral hygiene. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy, regular Brushing with fluoride toothpaste after a meal, flossing, see your dentist and hygienist regularly are required for long lasting bridges. A bridge can lose its support if you don’t take a good care of it, or if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged.