A dental bridge is sometimes used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Generally, dental crowns are attached to the teeth either side of the gap, where the crowns are joined by a false tooth (or teeth) in between - the bridge.
Dental bridges are typically constructed from porcelain. The underlying supporting structure can be made of alloys of gold, platinum, nickel or chromium for strength. The overlying porcelain is coloured as closely as possible to the patient's existing teeth.
The picture below shows a dental bridge made from metal before having porcelain fused to it.
Advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges
The major advantage of the dental bridge is that it is a “fixed” replacement of a missing tooth (i.e. you don’t have to take it out to clean underneath it like dentures or leave it out at night). It looks like your natural tooth and functions very well for many years. The disadvantage of a bridge is that it relies on the support of adjacent teeth (unlike a dental implant, which is freestanding). This reliance on adjacent teeth can lead to weakening in those teeth, increasing the potential for future complications.
Should I get a dental bridge?
Depending on your needs, budget and other lifestyle requirements, a bridge may certainly be appropriate for you. The best way to find out more information for your personal circumstances is to talk to a dentist, who can evaluate your current situation and present your options to you. Call us on (08) 9301 4088, book online or contact us via other methods to find out more.