Dental Bridges
Dental bridges, like implants and partial dentures, are used to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomaudibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay. Bridges require shaping of the teeth surrounding a missing tooth.
Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth (called a pontic) there are an number of variables that can affect bridge longevity, but if you exercise proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular check-ups, your bridges can last for many years (between 10 and 20 years).