Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns, or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues).
Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain, and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and aesthetics.
Bridges are used to:
- Replace missing teeth
- Prevent teeth from shifting
- Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
- Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
- Improve appearance for cosmetic reasons