A dental bridge is used to replace one or more natural missing teeth provided you have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Your adjacent healthy teeth will need to be grinded down to create abutments that will be used to anchor the bridge in place. A bridge consists of three units–a pontic (a false tooth) fused between two crowns that are cemented into the abutment teeth.
If you are missing any teeth and are committed to maintaining a good oral hygiene practice, you may be a good candidate for a bridge. A bridge is a reliable, cost-effective option to fill the space in your mouth left by missing teeth. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to tooth decay.
Fixed bridges can correct an altered bite, improve you chewing ability and speech, and provide a natural appearance. However, bridges do not stop bone loss and will need to be replaced throughout your lifetime.
Dental implants are the only restoration that can stop bone loss. These artificial titanium roots stimulate the jaw in much the same way that your natural teeth do, thereby stimulating bone growth. In recent years, they have become the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth.