Dental Bridges are used to span, or bridge a gap (missing teeth) between healthy teeth.
Missing teeth can significantly affect the overall sense of wellbeing and may cause imperfect bites resulting in the remaining teeth migrating to the gaps, tooth decays or gum disease. A bridge uses the teeth on either side of a gap or one side of a gap to anchor onto and may only be used if the supporting teeth are strong enough. Dental bridging is carried out with the initial treatment of reshaping the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth, bridge production and its attachment to the reshaped teeth. A dental bridge not only offers functionality but provides beautiful, natural looking teeth. Dental bridges can be chosen either as Porcelain or zirconium crowns.
There are different types of dental bridge fabrications, types of bridges and methods of its attachment to the adjacent teeth which means a patient can select the one that suits them the best.
A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.