A gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected because the teeth next to space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. One way to replace missing teeth is via a dental bridge. There are many different bridge designs, including minimal bridges with small metal wings, and older style bridges that have a similar structure to a crown.
Bridges are only suitable for some teeth and many factors are involved. Your dental team will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to a precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
The cost will vary depending on the size and type of bridge you need. You will always get a written estimate and treatment plan before starting any dental treatment.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.