WHAT ARE DENTAL BRIDGES?
Dental Bridges, known simply as bridges, are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridgework is sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because bridges are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Dental bridges replace missing teeth with natural-looking artificial teeth, eliminating gaps. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; other fixed bridges need to be removed by the dentist. Usually porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue or to the jaw.
DENTAL BRIDGEWORK BENEFITS
There are multiple benefits to dental bridgework for those who are missing one or more teeth. Improved chewing and speaking, a restored smile, reduced stress on one’s bite, and structural facial support can all result from dental bridgework, as noted by the American Dental Association. Like most dental restoration procedures, longevity is influenced by the overall health and strength of remaining teeth. Therefore, good dental hygiene, regular cleanings, and daily care all help maintain a healthy mouth and support the bridge’s foundation.