Missing teeth can cause a noticeable change in speaking and eating. Fortunately, we now have many options to restore your smile. Bridges replace spaces where a tooth or teeth are missing and help to reduce stress when you bite or chew.
A bridge closes the space where a tooth is missing and looks like your natural teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable partial denture, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge is permanently cemented in and can only be removed by a dentist.
Bridges do not necessarily have to be fixed to your natural teeth. We now have the option to attach a bridge to two or more implants. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth to implants and does not affect your natural teeth. Regardless of which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.