A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth by literally bridging the gap between two adjacent teeth. A traditional bridge consists of an artificial tooth (called a pontic) that is suspended between two crowns (called abutments) that are placed over the natural teeth adjacent to the empty space. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, but porcelain or ceramic is most often used because it closely resembles the natural tooth structure.
Uses of Bridges in dentistry:
There are many uses for bridges in dentistry. Bridges can be used to:
- Replace one or more missing teeth
- Restore proper function to the teeth
- Prevent further tooth loss
- Maintain dental alignment
- Improve appearance
While bridges offer many benefits, there are also some disadvantages to consider. These include:
- The need to remove healthy tooth structure in order to place the bridge
- Possible problems with fit, function, and esthetics
- Potential for damage to adjacent teeth
- Chance of root canal treatment if the abutment teeth become decayed or diseased
Dental bridges are an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing further tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to your dentist about whether a bridge is right for you. Talk to your dentist about the potential risks and benefits of bridges before making a decision.