A tooth bridge is a non-removable prosthetic insert used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. The bridge has a crown on each end with a false tooth in the centre connecting the crowns. The tooth bridge is permanently glued to supporting teeth so you don’t take it in and out of the mouth like you would a denture or plate. A bridge is made out of the same materials as a crown. The process of bridge placement is virtually the same as that for a crown.
Many types of bridges are available, varying in materials and styles.
Factors affecting your tooth bridge type
Various factors affect what type of bridge is suitable for your mouth. These include:
- the health and condition of the teeth to support the bridge
- how heavily the supporting teeth have been filled
- the location of the bridge in the mouth e.g. front or back area
- habits such as grinding or clenching
Your dentist will thoroughly assess your mouth and discuss your options.