A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one missing tooth, or more than one missing tooth in the same area. A dental bridge is shaped and coloured just like natural teeth, and essentially ‘bridges’ or fills the gap left behind by lost teeth. Designed to replace missing teeth and support surrounding teeth, a bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns. Held in place by two crowns, a bridge can reduce the risk of gum disease, help correct bite issues and even improve speech. Bridges are effective and durable, and can last in excess of 10 years.
If missing teeth are not replaced, this can lead to:
- Remaining teeth drifting out of their correct position
- A change in the bite
- The loss of additional teeth
- Gum disease