Bridges…

 

What is a Bridge?

  • A bridge is a method to fill the space created by missing teeth.
  • A bridge is made of one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support.
  • Resin retained bridges require little preparation of the teeth but conventional bridges can require significant preparation of the teeth.
  • They can sometimes lead to root canal treatments if a lot of tooth preparation is required.
  • Conventional bridges can put extra pressure on the supporting teeth decreasing their lifespan.
  • Conventional bridges can be made of porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.
  • Fewer people are opting for bridges these days with the advancement and reliability of implants.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

  • They can be used to replace missing teeth but as they often need to use adjacent teeth in order to do so, many people will choose¬†an implant if that is an option.
  • When implants are not possible and you want a fixed solution to replace missing teeth, they are a good option.
  • Resin retained bridges are a good temporary option to replace missing teeth when waiting for implants or in adolescents.