Dental bridges are used to protect and cover the gap created between two teeth when one tooth is missing. Using a dental bridge can restore the look of the teeth and promote health of adjacent teeth due to greater support for the chewing action.
A bridge consists of a pair of crowns covering the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The two teeth worked on are known as “abutment teeth.” Crowns can use a variety of materials, but are most frequently made from porcelain for a natural appearance.
In most cases, bridges are supported by the natural teeth around them. Sometimes, it may be necessary to use dental implants in the jaw to support bridges.