A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or move into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Imbalances caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They fill the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented or bonded (depending on type of bridge) to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, is attached to the crowns that cover the natural teeth. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Depending on your individual situation we will discuss the choices available, 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 and appear as real as natural teeth.