A bridge literally bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns with a false tooth or teeth in between. The false teeth are called pontics and can be made with a variety of materials. Dental bridges are either supported by the natural teeth surrounding the gap or with implants.
Crowns and bridges are best used to correct major functional or structural problems with individual teeth, replace missing teeth, or correct bite dysfunction. Bridges use crowns to provide a permanent, non-removable replacement for missing teeth. Both bridges and crowns are used in conjunction with other procedures to reestablish a healthy bite and allow for natural esthetics.
Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to accident, injury or disease, a bridge will not only fill the gap, but prevent repositioning of your remaining teeth. A bridge can help realign your bite, helping to improve your chewing function and speech.