DENTAL BRIDGES BRADFORD, KESWICK & ORANGEVILLE
DENTAL BRIDGES TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH
A dental bridge helps replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) and “bridges” the gap between adjoining natural teeth with a fixed prosthetic. The prosthetic is permanently attached to the natural teeth, making it stronger and more stable, thus usually a preferable alternative to the removable partial denture. Although a dental bridge does offer a good and viable solution for missing teeth, it does have some disadvantages when compared to implant supported bridges. First, in order to secure the bridge to the neighbouring teeth, these teeth have to be “prepared”. This means that some of their tooth surface must be removed which can compromise their health in the long run. Second, the absence of any root structure in the area of the missing teeth can ultimately lead to bone resorbtion – the jaw bone will slowly recede, become thinner and more fragile. Finally, the potential exists for food and bacteria to collect below the fixed prosthetic which can lead to gum disease or decay of the surrounding teeth. Although implant supported bridges can be the optimal solution, we always discuss with patients all options available and together we make a decision that takes into account all factors and fits best your particular case.