Gallery - Restorations
A great way to replace missing teeth.
- A missing tooth or teeth
- Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth
shifting to fill the space
- The "sunken face" look associated with
- Desire to improve chewing ability
- Desire for a more permanent solution than dentures
A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached
to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth
is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle
of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth
was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared
for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate impression
or mold is made of the prepared area. This mold is
used to create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored)
bridge in a special laboratory. The bridge is then
cemented onto the prepared surface of the teeth, effectively
creating the appearance of a "new" tooth.
In some instances, a resin-bonded bridge may be used.
In this case, the two teeth on each side of the gap
are not prepared for crowns. Instead, the bridge consists
of a false tooth with metal brackets on the back of
each side of the gap. The brackets are attached to
the backs of the real teeth on each side.
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed.
It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to
natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the
movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent
investment, providing better chewing ability, heading
off jaw joint problems and saving money that might
otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
Fixed bridges are excellent restorations and have
few disadvantages. They are highly durable, but they
will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced
due to normal wear.
In the event that the use of a fixed bridge is not
feasible, the best alternative is a dental implant.