A fixed dental bridge is a nonremovable dental prosthesis that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. There are three basic units to a bridge: the false tooth or teeth (a pontic) and two abutment crowns on either side of the pontic tooth. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents movement of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function, speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition.
A surgically implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may be an alternative to a fixed bridge. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. A fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years with proper care.
Dr. McGrath is happy to make recommendations during your appointment. Contact our office here.
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