Single or multiple missing teeth can have several negative impacts on both your appearance and the functionality of your set of teeth. Missing teeth can affect the way you bite and chew, which can further lead to the shifting of your teeth.
As well as function, when teeth are missing it can affect the way in which you feel about your smile, meaning that your self-confidence lowers and social situations become more difficult.
A dental bridge is essentially a false tooth, made with porcelain that fills the empty gap left once a tooth falls out. In some cases, with preparation, the teeth either side of the gap can be used to anchor the bridge. In other cases no preparation is required at all.
In these situations, dental bridges can be used to amend the issue.
The most common type of dental bridge consists of crowns either side of the gap which is joined together by a false tooth and securely bonded in place, but there are several other kinds of dental bridge. These include:
For a Traditional Fixed dental bridge, the false teeth lie between two porcelain crowns to fill the gap left by a tooth that is missing. The two crowns that hold it in place are cemented onto your own teeth either side of the false tooth.
For a Cantilever dental bridge the false tooth is only supported on one side and therefore can only be placed in low-stress areas near the front teeth.
For a Resin Bonded dental bridge often the teeth supporting the bridge require minimal or no preparation at all. The false tooth is fused to metal or ceramic wings that are fixed to the inside surface of the supporting teeth with a resin bond.
Implant are a modern way of replacing teeth. Implant Supported dental bridge are placed in the bone where the missing tooth would have originally been in place. This sort of dental bridge is made of titanium. An implant supported dental bridge replaces the missing root by fusing to the bone, it can then be restored with individual crowns or, when more than one tooth is missing, with an implant supported dental bridge.