Missing teeth can be replaced with bridges, implants or even dentures. Bridges and implants can be used in combination with the latest soft tissue management techniques to make replacement teeth appear to emerge from the gums like natural teeth.
A dental bridge is so named because it is designed to bridge gaps in the jaw. If you are missing a tooth, seeking treatment is important. In the absence of a tooth, surrounding teeth will slowly begin to shift out of place to fill the void, resulting in malocclusion, which can cause discomfort, speech impediments and TMJ disorder.
Placing a bridge to fill the gap helps to prevent these symptoms from occurring. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth known as a pontic and two anchoring dental crowns. Typically, a crown exists on either side of the pontic; these prosthetics are placed over the teeth on both sides of the gap to secure the bridge in place. To ensure that no bacteria build up between the pontic and the gum tissue, the false tooth is usually secured in place to the gum with dental cement.
A dental bridge provides an effective means of treating a missing tooth, non-surgically.