Bridge

Types of bridges

A conventional bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth, and is supported by the adjacent teeth.

  • Adjecent teeth are prepared and covered with a crown
  • The part that connects them and replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic.
  • Being fixed in place by cement, a bridge cannot be removed.

The butterfly bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth, with the support of adjacent teeth.

  • A false tooth is attached to metal wings that will be cemented onto teeth adjacent to the empty space
  • A butterfly bridge is less solid than a traditional fixed bridge.

In addition to covering up an unsightly area, a dental bridge improves chewing ability and speech. Also, it prevents other teeth from moving or tilting, which could lead to gum problems.

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