A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge, and is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike removable partial bridges they cannot be removed from your mouth.
If you are missing any teeth and are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices, you may be a good candidate for a bridge or you may want to consider dental implants. A bridge is one option to fill the space in your mouth left by missing teeth. If left untreated, this space will allow the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to disease that can cause further tooth loss. Fixed bridges not only correct an altered bite, improve your chewing ability and speech, but they also safeguard your appearance by preventing the collapse of your facial features that can cause premature wrinkles and age lines.
In some cases where the span is large, Dr. Smith may recommend an implant-supported restoration.