A bridge is a dental device that fills a space previously occupied by a tooth. It is a method of replacing one or more missing teeth. It is made of three or more crowns connected together. Typically, the crowns on the ends of the bridge will fit over the teeth on either side of the space (the missing tooth), and the crown in the middle will fill the space when the bridge is cemented in place.
Leaving a missing tooth unfilled can cause shifting of the surrounding teeth which can lead to bite problems, tooth decay, periodontal disease and more tooth loss. Bridges help to safeguard existing teeth and will bring back your healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of bridges – the Fixed Bridge, the Maryland Bridge and the Cantilever Bridge. The fixed bridge is the most popular of the three and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
After having a bridge installed, it is important to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. With diligent oral hygiene, your bridge will last for a long time.
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