Dental bridges are a series of tooth-shaped caps used to replace multiple missing teeth. If you’re missing a series of more than one tooth due to tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, injuries, or other factors, then dental bridges can replace all of them with a single procedure. Dental bridges also look and function like dental crowns or natural teeth, but they’re useful because of their ability to replace multiple teeth.
Dental bridges usually consist of pontics and abutments. The pontics are the central parts of the bridge, and they are the artificial teeth that take the place of the missing teeth. If you’re missing three teeth, your dental bridge will have three pontics. The abutments are the components holding the bridge in place, usually consisting of implants placed under the pontics on each extreme or crowns on either side of the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic because they accurately resemble the natural color and texture of enamel. We carefully adjust and prepare the dental bridge to ensure they resemble the surrounding teeth while improving your overall facial symmetry and proportions. Dr. Addy will carefully examine your dental anatomy and discuss your goals to recommend the ideal type of dental bridge for your specific needs.