Bridge work is the traditional way of replacing missing teeth. There are several varieties, depending on the site in your mouth, your bite and also the aesthetic and functional considerations.
A bridge will:
- Keep teeth from drifting into the space created by a missing tooth.
- Help preserve normal function and a normal bite for the jaw joint.
The most common type of bridge work involves applying crowns to the two teeth on either side of a gap, where teeth have been removed for one reason or another. This involves the joining of three crowns including a crown to fill the gap. The bridge is cemented and permanently bonded in place, holding the new crowns in place and making it very secure, with the appearance of your natural teeth. This type of bridge is suitable in areas where teeth on either side of the gap have been filled and would benefit from the placement with crowns. However if the teeth beside the gap are unfilled it might be better to explore other options, such as implants, to avoid having to cut the otherwise perfect teeth. Also, as placing bridgework can have an impact on the health of the gums and bone due to the additional biting pressure, it could lead to gum and bone problems in the future.