If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge could bring back your smile. A bridge actually helps bridge the gap caused by missing teeth. A bridge is an artificial tooth that is cemented to two natural teeth, one on each side.
Both of these surrounding teeth will have crowns attached to them, and then the artificial tooth is attached to the crowns.
A bridge can also be used to replace more than one missing tooth, as long the bridge has surrounding teeth for support. A bridge can be made of gold, metals, porcelain, ceramic or a combination. You and our dentist can decide which kind is the best for you. As we are a biomimetic dentistry, we do not condone the use of metals in the mouth. For front teeth, porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your real teeth.
The surrounding/supporting teeth for your bridge can also be dental implants, which are full crowns attached to metal posts (root) that look like real teeth.
Bridges make your smile complete, give you confidence and fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. If the gap is unoccupied, then the remaining teeth around the gap will eventually shift to fill it in and create a bad bite. This can lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).