A bridge is made up of two or more crowns and is placed in gaps that may occur between your natural teeth. Your natural teeth are used as anchor or abutment teeth to which the bridge is attached. Bridges can be used to restore your smile and your ability to properly chew and speak and help prevent your natural teeth from moving out of position. There are two main types of dental bridges – bonded and fixed.
A bonded bridge consists of two parts. The first is a false tooth, called a pontic, and the second are 'wings' that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth giving you a natural-looking replacement without damaging surrounding teeth. Neighboring tooth structures are allowed to remain the same, and the wings of the bonded tooth are attached behind the neighboring teeth.
Fixed bridges are a permanent, non-removable option for restoring the appearance and function of missing teeth. Unlike bonded bridges, this option uses dental implants as the anchors for prosthetic teeth. Because they adhere to implants, you cannot remove them, and they tend to be more stable.
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