Dental bridges are used to fill in the gaps in your smile when you have lost one of two teeth on one side of your mouth.
The aim of the bridge is to restore functionality and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side.
A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease. The bridge literally ‘bridges’ the gap between the existing teeth, restoring your smile and allowing you to eat and speak properly. Bridges also help to support the existing teeth and protect the gums.
Dental bridges are custom-made according to impressions of your teeth made by your dentist to ensure a perfect fit.