A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
Costs will vary according to the size and type of bridge you need. Although a bridge may seem expensive it should last many years.
The enamel on the top surface on your tooth, is the hardest part of your entire body.
A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit & vegetables can help prevent gum disease.
Visiting a Dentist twice a year is imperative for dental health.
Babies' teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don't come through until they're between 6 and 12 months old.
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.
There are 32 adult teeth in total – 12 more than in the baby set.