Dental bridges serve the same function as most any type of other bridge; they span a gap between two places.
Gaps left by missing teeth will cause the remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a non-aligned or improper bite. This irregular bite can also lead to gum disease or joint disorders commonly called TMJ (Temporo Mandibular Joint).
Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or dental implants surrounding the empty space.
These natural or implanted teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges.
Your dentist here at Smile Designers Dental Center, can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.