Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge. .
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
|Method of Surgery||Teeth on both sides cut; three teeth are made into one, and artificial teeth are inserted|
|Damage to teeth||Damage to adjacent teeth because they are ground down|
|Strength of chewing||Absence of root of teeth causing loss of bone adjacent to teeth and chewing strength to decline in the process|
|Treatment period||Short treatment period|
|Life Span||Must be replaced every 5-10 years|
|Cost||Low initial cost|