A dental bridge is a common, safe and affordable solution for patients with missing teeth. It closes unsightly gaps where one or more teeth may have been, thereby restoring both function and appearance to a smile. A bridge typically consists of an artificial tooth or teeth, known as pontics or a “dummy tooth or teeth”, which are held in place by two anchored dental crowns, also called abutments.
A variety of materials can be used to make a dental bridge. During the initial consultation, we provide patients with in-depth explanations on the different options available to help them decide on the material that best suits their health and esthetic goals.
Not only do dental bridges look just like natural and healthy teeth, they bring about significant practical benefits by restoring dental functionality and oral health. Without gaps in the teeth, patients no longer have to worry about problems they may have faced with chewing and speaking. Dental bridges provide additional support for the facial structure while reducing the risk of bone loss, periodontal disease and tooth decay. They also help to evenly distribute the forces in a patient’s bite and prevent teeth from drifting out of position.
With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, a dental bridge can be extremely durable, lasting 10 to 15 years or even more.