Dental bridge helps to close gap for missing tooth by taking support from two adjacent teeth and adding another tooth into gap to create a bridge. It is fixed and very useful method of restoring missing tooth. Also prevents movement of adjacent teeth and avoiding gap in remaining teeth. Maintains proper arch length and integrity of teeth.
A typical bridge consists of two crowns (one on each side of the gap created by missing tooth/teeth) and a false tooth/teeth (that fill in the gap and is attached to the crowns). These two crowned ‘anchoring teeth’ are called abutment teeth .These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants. The false tooth/teeth in between the anchoring teeth are called pontics. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.