The gaps left by missing teeth can put more strain on the teeth either side. They may end up leaning into the space leftover, which changes the way your upper and lower teeth fit together, which affects your ‘bite’. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap leading to tooth decay and gum disease. One way to replace missing teeth is with a dental bridge. Dental bridges have ‘wings’ that are fitted over and bonded to the back of supporting teeth, with very little drilling needed. Should your teeth be strong enough and have good bone support, your dental team can offer bridges as an option.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal such as gold or certain alloys. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base for cosmetic appearances.
Although a bridge may seem costly, it can be a wise investment that will improve your appearance and bite and prevent future issues. Depending on the type of bridge, they can last between 5-15 years.
Bridges require daily cleaning to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also need 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.