General Dentistry

Bridges

Bridges offer a solution to gaps caused by missing teeth. Bridges come in two flavors: Fixed Bridges, which are permanently bonded into place, and Removable Bridges, which can be taken out, cleaned, etc. but are less stable than a Fixed Bridge.

Fixed Bridges

Fixed Bridges are the solution of choice if there are solid teeth on both sides of the gap (abutment teeth). (Alternatively, an implant can be inserted to create an abutment tooth.)  A bridge can span one or multiple missing tooth. The end teeth (abutment teeth) are prepared to receive crowns (see video); missing teeth are fabricated and connected as a unit and the unit is cemented to the crowned abutment teeth, anchoring the bridge in place. Once cemented the bridge teeth will act like natural teeth in terms of chewing capacity, etc.

Bridges are customized and colored to blend with your other teeth. The fabricated teeth will look real and natural.

Fixed Bridges are contraindicated if the abutment teeth are unhealthy or flawed, since fixed bridges require crowns on the abutted teeth. In that case dental implants are preferred.

Noticeably missing teeth can make you self-conscious as well as interfere with chewing. Find out if a bridge can work for you.

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