If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may have difficulty with chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as relieve the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.
Fixed Partial Denture
Also known as a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, literally bridging the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from metal alloys, all porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is cemented to surrounding teeth for support.
Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
Another option is an implant bridge, which attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue.
Depending on which type of bridge Dr. Speer recommends, its success depends on its foundation. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.