A dental bridge is dental treatment in which a single appliance spans the gap over a missing tooth to attach to healthy teeth on either side. Most often a bridge attaches to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. A bridge is cemented in your mouth to provide a stable restoration that works very similar to natural teeth. Because the bridge fills the gap left by a missing tooth it prevents the movement of other teeth, making it an excellent investment. A bridge may also provide increased chewing ability, and save you from jaw joint problems that missing teeth often lead too. All this prevention adds up to saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
A dental bridge may be right for you if you have a missing tooth or teeth, potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space, the “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth, desire to improve chewing ability or desire for a more permanent solution than dentures.