A bridge is a type of dental restoration that is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth and to return your teeth to full function so you can speak and eat normally.
In most cases, we use a ‘fixed bridge’ that is permanently attached to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. This type of bridge is made up of an artificial tooth, or pontic, that is secured to a dental crown on either side. Dr. Law will prepare the adjacent teeth for the crowns, and then the whole unit will be cemented in place.
Dental bridges also provide a cosmetic solution, because they replace the missing tooth, greatly improving your appearance. But the bridge also serves the purpose of stabilizing surrounding teeth.
This is important because, without a placeholder for the missing tooth, nearby teeth will gradually shift and move into the empty space. This will create misalignment of your teeth, which can eventually lead to other problems like teeth grinding and premature wearing of your teeth.
It is always a good idea to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible to prevent these other problems from occurring. Please contact our Vinton dental office for more information about dental bridges.