There are multiple treatment options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. A bridge is a great option if you have teeth on either side of the missing tooth space. A bridge sits on the teeth (bridge retainers) in front and behind the space, and a false tooth (bridge pontic) hangs in the missing tooth space. A bridge is cemented into place and is not removable. This allows for greater comfort while chewing as the bridge is fixed in place. This also means a greater degree of care is required when cleaning a bridge because you need to clean it while it remains in your mouth. A bridge is usually the treatment of choice when one or both teeth on either side of the missing tooth space has a large filling on it. The bridge not only replaces the missing tooth but protects the adjacent teeth from fracturing by covering them as well.
Replacing missing teeth early is important for many reasons. Maintaining the space between teeth without the tilting towards each other. Improving chewing and therefore nutrition.
Many materials are used in bridge fabrication. Zirconia is the most popular, it is stronger and more rigid than metal, and is tooth colored. All bridges can be custom colored to match your natural teeth to allow for a natural smile. PFM (porcelain fused to metal) is another option tho it is becoming less common. It combines the strength of metal with the esthetics of porcelain.
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