There are occasions where, either due to injury or decay, it isn’t possible for a dentist to save a tooth. Missing teeth can often make people feel self-conscious, and depending on the location of the gap, can impact the functionality of the teeth and mouth. This is because, after time, the remaining teeth can shift and twist into the space, causing misalignment and a range of other dental problems such as gum disease.
So exactly what are dental bridges?
Dental bridges have been designed to literally bridge the gap where teeth are missing, essentially holding the remaining teeth in place. They are composed of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, which acts as anchors for the false tooth/teeth. The anchored teeth are often referred to as abutment teeth and the false teeth are often called pontics. The pontics can be made from a number of different materials including metal alloys, gold, or porcelain, depending on what cosmetic finish you want to achieve.