Are caps or crowns joined together to bridge the gap created by one missing teeth.
A bridge is fabricated by reducing teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated.
When a tooth is missing due to loss or extraction or was never present from birth, other teeth usually shift into the space within a few years. This change in position can cause a variety of bite and gum problems that can be expensive and time consuming to correct. It is wise, therefore to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible. One way to do so is with fixed bridges.
Fixed bridges are typically made of porcelain only or bonded to a precious or non precious metal when additional strength is required.
Preparation is similar to crown, only that more than one tooth is prepared. In two visits the permanent bridge is cemented.
The bridge will
- Restore smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of face
- Distribute the biting forces properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- - Missing tooth or teeth from birth or following extraction or trauma.
- - Over implant
- - Cracked tooth