Natural-Looking Bridges for Missing Teeth
A bridge is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A natural looking tooth is created to fill the space; the sides of the bridge are formed by using the two adjacent teeth for support. Bridges are both functional and cosmetically pleasing. Creating beautiful bridge work is both an art and an exact science. Gold alloys, all ceramic, or porcelain bonded to metal alloy are some of the materials used. The choice of material depends on requirements for wear, strength, and/or esthetics.
There are several reasons that a missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a chain reaction of bad things. When a tooth is missing the surrounding teeth start to “fall” since teeth use their neighbors for support. As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. Eventually, this can result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth also have a tendency to deteriorate, and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost.