What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace missing permanent teeth when there are remaining teeth on both sides of the space where the teeth are missing.  It consists of crowns on the teeth on both sides of the the space where the teeth are missing and false teeth attached to the crowns with a connecting metal framework.  The bridge is constructed with a solid metal framework that extends from the crowned teeth on one side of the space where the teeth are missing to the other side.  It is also sometimes called a fixed partial.

Bridges can be made of different materials.  They can be all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all porcelain.  The type of material used depends on where the bridge is located, esthetics ( how the bridge looks), function, and other criteria.  You should ask your dentist which type of material they would suggest for your particular situation.

The main advantages of bridges are:  1) they are permanently cemented in place, 2)  they are attached to natural teeth, which allows for normal function and support, 3)  they are none invasive ( no surgery needed),  4)  they are usually very esthetic, look natural and can match the color of your natural teeth.  The disadvantages are:  1)  the teeth on both sides of the space where the teeth are missing must be prepped for crowns and 2)  they require use of a floss threader to floss underneath to maintain good oral hygiene.  If you have any questions, please contact me at drmax@drmaxwood.com.

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