A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable. Dental bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. They work by attaching the artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can either be permanently attached (known as fixed bridges), or removable.
Fixed bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (false tooth) in between. Removable bridges are often more affordable and more convenient than permanent fixed structures, while offering nearly the same support and reliability. They are held in place with metal clasps or precision attachments.
The healthiest thing to do when you lose a tooth is have it replaced. Otherwise, you risk problems with biting, chewing and speaking, headaches, muscle pain and an unattractive appearance. A full mouth of teeth is essential for many daily functions from eating comfortably to speaking clearly. Damaged and missing teeth can also lead to other dental conditions such as gum disease, infection and further tooth loss.