A bridge spans a gap where one or more teeth have been lost. The teeth adjacent to the gap are called abutments and are crowned to support the bridge. The false teeth are joined to these crowns and are called pontics. The materials used in crowns and bridges are chosen with both appearance and function in mind. The materials are usually gold and semi-precious metals, porcelains, or a combination of both.
You May Ask The Question “Why Replace A Missing Tooth?”
To our patients the most obvious reasons for replacement will be social and psychological concern. Teeth are lost for a number of reasons.
The Most Common Are:
- Dental decay
- Periodontal – gum disease
- Trauma – injury or accident
- To improve your appearance.
The loss of a permanent tooth affects the neighbouring teeth because the support and chewing forces are altered causing them to move. The tooth above or below the space can move out of the socket and erupt into the space. This causes serious gum problems around the tooth and further breakdown of the arch. If the tooth is not replaced it is likely that other teeth will be lost!
In Summary Replacing Missing Teeth:
- Helps restore and maintain the natural bite.
- Prevents the remaining teeth being subjected to pressure or stress.
- Helps keep the opposing teeth in place.
- Helps prevent decay and gum disease.
- Improves your smile, speech and chewing.
- The procedure for having a bridge is near identical to that of a crown.