Dental bridge's are named as such, because they literally bridge the gap that is created when teeth are lost. A typical Dental bridge comprises of one or more artificial teeth, known as PONTICS, which are held in place traditionally by 2 Crowns, or more recently, by Implant abutments.
Although the replacement teeth used in bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including silver amalgam or gold, they are commonly made from porcelain for aesthetic appeal.
A dental bridge is a common, affordable, time-tested, and low-risk treatment for missing teeth.
The process of a Traditional Dental Bridge
To place a traditional bridge, a dentist will secure crowns to the teeth on either side of a gap, anchoring the PONTIC or PONTICS so that they fill the space. The result is a smile that is fully restored in terms of function and appearance.
The Process of an Implant Bridge
Bridges, can also be attached to dental implants. This type of bridge does not rely on natural teeth for support. To affix this type of restoration, a dentist will surgically embed the implant into the jawbone. It is these posts that secure the entire restoration. Currently Dental implants are the only dental restorations that mimic the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots . Therfore this is the most stable and strongest method of securing bridges available.
No matter which option a patient chooses, the restoration will have significant aesthetic and practical benefits. The new teeth will restore dental function and oral health. Additionally, thanks to new dental technology and aesthetic advancement, today’s Dental bridge's are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.