A bridge is an appliance which is permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap --these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth- and a false tooth/teeth rigidly attached in between. The false teeth are called pontics. The bridge can be made from a substructure of gold alloy or zirconia and an outer structure of porcelain all-ceramic bridges can also be made which have no metal substracture.
An enamel-bonded bridge, called a Maryland bridge, uses a metal or porcelain framework to which the artificial teeth are attached, and then resin bonded to supporting teeth.
A bridge is sometimes indicated as the treatment of choice to replace a missing tooth when the natural teeth on either side have extensive fillings or have undergone root canal treatment.
Thus, a bridge replaces a missing tooth and restores the adjacent teeth at the same time. A bridge is placed to prevent adjacent teeth from moving out of their correct position and encroaching on the vacant space. A bridge is also a preferred alternative to a removable partial denture, all of this can take place at our dental clinic in Geelong.