What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge, also known as a crown bridge, is an articulating dental restoration utilized to substitute one or several missing teeth by directly joining a false tooth securely to adjacent teeth or even dental bridges. This is usually considered the best solution for restoring missing teeth in children and adults. There are many benefits in having both a dental bridge and a partial denture. The most obvious benefit is that there are no gaps between teeth. However, another benefit is the jaw alignment that is created by replacing the missing teeth with dentures.

How to choose a Dental Bridge?

To construct a dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is rooted firmly in the gums and bone of the jaw using a crown screw procedure. Next, the abutment teeth or prosthetic teeth are constructed from the remaining jaw bone and gum tissue. In order to secure the prosthetic teeth, crown cement is used on the crown of each tooth. The prosthetic crowns are permanently attached to the abutment teeth by the use of a post or sutures. The combination of the natural teeth and prosthetic crowns creates the appearance of healthy teeth and a straight smile.

A dental bridge has its advantages over traditional dentures. When there is a gap between adjacent teeth, the abutment teeth will be easier to chew and are better able to keep the mouth healthy and free from gum disease. Also, when the prosthetic teeth are secured in place, there is less chance for accidental poking or crushing of the jawbone. Finally, the Dental Bridge is recommended to patients who are not eligible for dental implants due to the potential for significant gum recontouring and increased susceptibility to infection.