Bridges used in dentistry physically close or (bridge) a gap created by one or more missing teeth and are supported by natural teeth or implants. A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns or (caps) called abutments that anchor teeth on both sides of a gap created by a missing tooth. The false tooth or (pontic) is connected to the abutment crowns. Bridges are made from materials that are gold, zirconia, porcelain, alloys or a combination of these strong materials.
Advantages of bridges:
- Smile restoration
- Placement is fixed in place on natural teeth or implants
- Generally less cost than implants
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Distribute the forces in the bite by properly replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Esthetic improvement
Dental bridges generally last 5 – 15 years with good oral hygiene and regular checkups.