Bridges are a non-removable solution to many cosmetic and dental health problems that can occur in your mouth. Some of the reasons for needing a bridge include the following:
- Fill the spaces of missing teeth
- Maintain facial structure
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restoration of smile
- Upgrading a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
There are a variety of different bridges. Consulting with the dentist is necessary for deciding which option fits your particular circumstance. The most commonly used bridge is the porcelain fixed bridge, because it resembles your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two different crowns that are placed on two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The crowns are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth), that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Bridges, like most other dental restorations, may eventually require replacements or may need to be re-cemented due to regular ware. Although this is the case with many dental restorations, bridges are made durable and strong. They are expected to last many years and provide you with a complete and functioning mouth and smile.