Dental bridges have some similarities to crowns. They are often made of the same material and they are prepared similarly in the mouth. Bridges, however, are used to replace missing teeth. Like a bridge on the road, a dental bridge consists of a floating span anchored on either side by abutment or anchor teeth (see Figure 2). When selecting a way to replace missing teeth, bridges can be a great choice although, in order to create support, a bridge will require tooth structure be removed on either side of the tooth/teeth to be replaced and this is not always ideal. When considering treatment, dental implants should first be considered due to their improved success and ease. In fact, in large areas of missing teeth, a dental bridge may even be fabricated to fit dental implants.
What about Dental Implants?
Crowns and bridges are also used to restore dental implants but instead of placing the restorations upon natural tooth structure, they are placed upon dental abutment(s) which are screwed into dental implants which have been integrated into the bone of your jaws. Please refer to our page on dental implants or contact us to learn more!