A bridge is used to permanently replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. Dental bridges are fixed, which means they are cemented on the supported teeth or fixed on an implant next to the missing teeth.
The benefits of bridging the gap go beyond simply cosmetic – it can also restore a person’s ability to chew properly and speak. In addition, the space left by the missing teeth could cause the remaining teeth to shift into the open space. This shifting can lead to a misalignment in the person’s bite and result in problems with the jaw joint. Shifted teeth are also harder to clean and thus more susceptible to decay or loss. It may take multiple visits to complete a bridge. To learn more about dental bridges, contact Dr. Larry Bowers, a highly skilled dental surgeon located in the Washington, D.C., area.