Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift in to the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders.
A Dental Bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap which are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth in between which is called a Pontic. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth, its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Dental Bridges are usually supported by natural teeth, but can also be supported by implants.