A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It attaches an artificial tooth to the two adjacent natural teeth and is permanently cemented in place so you do not need to remove it from your mouth at night.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
If you have lost a back tooth, a bridge will replace that tooth so you can regain your chewing ability. Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
How is a dental bridge attached?
Your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.