A bridge is a fixed prosthesis used to replace missing tooth / teeth by joiing the artificial tooth permamantly to adjacent teeth. The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
There are three main ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge and the third is dental implant. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision.
The procedure of fabricating a bridge may involve trimming the adjacent teeth for support. There are different types of bridge, which use different fixing methods. Your dentist will choose the most effective and conservative bridge for your personal situation