Dental bridges are commonly used to fill gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Generally, dental crowns are attached to the teeth either side of the gap, where the crowns are joined by a false tooth (or multiple teeth) in between, forming a bridge between the crowns.
Bridge surfaces are typically constructed from porcelain, whilst the underlying supporting structure can be made of platinum, nickel, gold or chromium alloys (to provide strength). The surface porcelain is coloured to match the patient's existing teeth as closely as possible.
Pros and cons of dental bridges
The major advantage of the dental bridge is that it is “fixed”, meaning there is no need for removal or special cleaning, like what is required for dentures. Bridges look like natural teeth and normally function well for years to come. The disadvantage of a bridge is that it relies on the support of adjacent teeth (unlike a dental implant, which is free-standing). This reliance on adjacent teeth can lead to the weakening of those existing teeth, increasing the potential for future complications. Therefore, another possibility when considering options to replace missing teeth is a dental implant.
Should I get a dental bridge?
Depending on your personal needs (including costs and preferences around risk and convenience) a bridge may certainly be appropriate for you. The best way to find out more information for your personal circumstances is to talk to a qualified dentist, who can evaluate your current situation and present your options to you. Call us on (08) 9881 5573 or contact us via other methods to find out more.