A bridge is a restoration that fills in a gap caused by one or more missing teeth. It prevents the remaining teeth from shifting and provide a stable surface for chewing. If the gap is not filled, the other teeth shift, affecting the patient’s bite (occlusion), which sometimes produces pain in the jaw joint. As the teeth move and become crooked. The Teeth also become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. The risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases the likelihood that additional teeth will be lost. A bridge is inserted to prevent this risk.
Bridges are designed to be cosmetically appealing and also used to restore proper occlusion. Like crowns, bridges are fully customizable and are made of various materials, including porcelain and metals. Bridges are bonded to surrounding teeth called abutment teeth and are not removable.
Most bridges last with proper routine hygiene maintenance. You may prolong the durability of bridges by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.