All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to restore proper function, speech, and appearance. Fortunately, a bridge is a very good option.
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces missing teeth. It may be used for front or back teeth and typically only requires two visits. The missing tooth is replaced with a crown that is supported by the neighboring teeth, which will also have crowns placed onto them. The bridge is one solid piece that is cemented into place. Patients appreciate that this restoration is not removable and looks and feels like natural teeth.
Bridges can be constructed from gold, other metals, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
The advantages and disadvantages of the different options may be discussed with Dr. O’Malley. He will make a recommendation as to which material would be best for the patient’s individual need. Regardless of which type of filling is used, it is very important after a bridge is placed to keep the adjacent teeth clean. It is often the surrounding tooth structure around a dental restoration that becomes problematic and causes the bridge to fail, and not a defect in the restorative material itself.