The materials used for the bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in the correct situation porcelain alone. The amount and type of reduction done to the adjacent teeth varies slightly with the different materials used. The patient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis on a daily basis. Water pick is highly recommended to keep your prosthesis clean.
One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.
Dental bridges, like implants and partial dentures, are used to replace missing teeth. Typically, conventional bridges require shaping of the teeth surrounding a missing tooth. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth (called a pontic). Dental bridges are a great option for patients that have missing teeth and are unable to replace them with implants.