Your teeth support and rely on each other, so if one or more teeth are missing the others can shift, drift or tilt out of position. This changes your bite and puts stress on your jaw, muscles and teeth, as well as making them more susceptible to decay and gum disease because they are more difficult to clean. Ultimately, your ability to chew comfortably and your appearance may be affected.
A bridge consists of a replacement tooth or teeth attached to crowns on each side. The bridge is cemented to the teeth adjacent to the space, effectively replacing the missing tooth and preventing any shifting.
About the procedure: You'll need at least two appointments to have a bridge placed. At your first visit, the dentist prepares the teeth next to the missing tooth for crowns, takes an impression of the prepared teeth, and places a temporary bridge. At your second visit, the dentist will fit and adjust the bridge and then cement it in place.
• Very natural appearance
• Strong and durable – long lasting
• Feels and functions like a natural tooth
• Treatment completed within 3-4 weeks
• Requires cutting down the surfaces of the neighbouring “abutment” teeth
• Requires careful cleaning in the mouth
• Greater cost than dentures