Fixed Bridges

In some cases, missing teeth can be replaced with a restoration called a fixed bridge. The tooth being replaced must be surrounded by stable supporting teeth, which are prepared as simple crowns to form the anchors or abutments for this type of restoration. The bridge is cemented onto the the abutment teeth like two simple crowns. In essence, a bridge is a solid unit that is formed by a combination of crowns joined together by a fake tooth.

A bridge not only fills the the space where you are missing teeth, but also prevents repositioning of your remaining teeth. It can serve to restore your natural bite, prevent unnatural stress on your teeth, maximize your chewing function, speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face.

Just like crowns, bridges can be made using a variety of materials and styles. The bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the anchoring teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition.

An alternative to the bridge is a dental implant.