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All of your teeth play an important role in working together to speak, chew and maintain proper alignment. When teeth are missing, it’s difficult to do these things. If you lose teeth, they should be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
A fixed dental bridge is ideal if the adjacent support teeth exhibit decay or are in need of crowns. A bridge consists of dental crown at each end with a pontic tooth or teeth in between. Using the two surrounding teeth as anchors, a false tooth (or pontic) is put in place of the missing tooth.
Teeth replacement prevents:
- Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
- Damage to remaining teeth. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
Two common types of bridges are:
- Fixed Bridge - which is the most common type and consists of a false tooth that is attached to two crowns,. It fits over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
- Bonded Bridge - is sometimes used to replace a missing front tooth. The artificial tooth is bonded to the tongue side of the adjacent teeth with a metal or ceramic retainer.
What materials are used for dental bridges?
Bridges can be constructed from porcelain (ceramic) or porcelain fused to metal (gold alloys). One of the newest products is the zirconia all-ceramic bridge for superior strength and aesthetics.
Dental bridges are a great option for teeth replacement. They require normal dental maintenance and can last up to 15 years. So, contact our dental office today. Call (978) 562-9101 or book an appointment online.