A bridge makes possible the replacement of one or several missing teeth by relying on the adjacent teeth (pillar teeth), one on each side. It is formed of crowns welded together. Once the bridge is cemented fixed, it cannot be removed. In addition to replacing a missing tooth, pillar teeth are restored as crowns. A bridge is therefore recommended when adjacent teeth have undergone major repairs or channel treatments.
Why should a missing tooth be replaced?
- To cover an unaesthetic gap.
- To improve chewing and speaking skills.
- To not allow other teeth to support the chewing load and weaken them over time.
- To not allow other teeth to move or tilt, creating gum problems.
- Unbalanced chewing can lead to serious problems, in the worst case, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
- Traditional bridge creates a crown on each adjacent tooth. The part that connects them and that replaces the missing tooth is called pontic.
- Butterfly bridge, where the pontic is supported by ailerons on the adjacent teeth. This kind of bridge is less solid than the traditional bridge.