Fixed Bridges Can Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, several problems can occur. The bone begins to deteriorate and the face may begin to look sunken. Adjacent teeth may shift to fill the gap which can cause problems with the bite. Chewing may become difficult and it may be challenging to maintain a nutritious diet. Speech can be affected if teeth shift.
Fixed Bridge Tooth Replacement: How it Works
- Bridge is permanently attached to teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth
- The center of the bridges is an artificial tooth designed to match adjacent teeth
- Adjacent teeth receive crowns or may be bracketed
- Bridge can be made of gold or of porcelain
- Bridge cemented to prepared teeth or brackets are attached to the back of adjacent teeth
Benefits of Fixed Bridges
Fixed bridges are a permanent solution to missing teeth. If a denture is used, it is removable while a bridge is not. The fixed bridge permanently fills the gap left by the tooth and helps to retain the alignment of the teeth so that proper chewing can still occur. The bridge is strong and functions much like a natural tooth. Having a bridge in place can reduce problems in the jaw joint.
Disadvantages of Fixed Bridges
Because fixed bridges are so durable, the only negative aspect is that over the long-term they may require replacement or re-cementing.
Some people prefer dental implants to fill the space left by missing teeth.