When our patients come to us looking to fix gaps caused by missing teeth, one of the options we will give them is a fixed dental bridge. This restorative dental procedure can help restore our patient’s smile to its former glory, while also improving their oral health.
A fixed dental bridge is created to replace the missing tooth or set of teeth. It is made up of three different parts, also known as units. The first unit of the bridge is the false tooth or teeth that are shaped to look like the tooth/teeth that are missing. The second and third units are dental crown that are placed on either side of the gap and used to support and/or hold the false tooth or teeth in place. The crowns are placed either on your natural teeth or on a dental implant.
Dental bridges are a necessity when you have experience a loss of a tooth as a result of an injury, accident, or extensive tooth decay. The tooth that is missing creates a gap. Over time, the teeth in your mouth will start to shift or change positions, as the support of the missing tooth is gone. A dental bridge provides the support needed to prevent your natural teeth from shifting and moving.
Many people confuse a fixed dental bridge with partial dentures because the two perform the same type of function and appear to be similar, but they are different. A fixed dental bridge, unlike a partial denture, is permanently placed in your mouth and cannot be removed at will.
We encourage patients who are interested in dental bridges to come to our office to discuss this option with us. It is a huge commitment, both time wise and financial wise, which is why we want to make sure you are confident and comfortable with this decision.