What is a bridge?
A bridge is a means of replacing a missing tooth or teeth, using the neighbouring teeth as supporting structures. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth / teeth are trimmed down in the same way as for a crown.
The crowns made are joined together by adding a false tooth in between. The resulting structure is called a bridge.
Like crowns, they are also fabricated in a laboratory utilising the same materials and then fitted in the mouth. Maintenance care for bridges is similar to that for crowns. The focus is on regular flossing, brushing, as well as regular check-ups.
Can all missing teeth be replaced with bridges?
Bridges can be used to replace a small number of missing teeth if the neighbouring teeth are sufficiently strong. The number of missing teeth, condition of the neighbouring teeth, condition of the supporting gums and bone are all important factors which need to be assessed by your dentist prior to making a bridge.
Dental implants can be used as an alternative to a bridge. A dental implant can be used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, without the need to trim the neighbouring teeth.
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