Missing teeth can affect your speech and ability to chew properly. The wear on the remaining teeth may increase, leading to additional breakage.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress in your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation -- the other teeth, gums, and bone to which it is attached. Controlling the biting forces, especially from grinding and clenching, is vital to assure proper retention. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong through good home care and continual dental recall appointments.