A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, refers to a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
There are different types of bridges depending on the way they are fabricated and how they may anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges have been made using the indirect method of restoration; however, bridges can now be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as a composite resin or by using porcelain (for a natural-looking smile).
Dental bridges are fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.
Another type of dental bridge called a cantilever bridge may be used to replace a missing tooth in an area of the mouth that receives less physical stress. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used to replace a missing front tooth. This type of dental bridge may be best when just one side of the empty space caused by an absent tooth has remaining healthy teeth. With a cantilever bridge, the dental prosthesis is anchored to one or more natural teeth.
Dental bridges can help to improve the smile of an individual with a missing tooth. However, dental bridges have more to offer than just aesthetic appeal. They can prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position and fill spaces that may otherwise leave surrounding teeth susceptible to tooth decay. They may even be helpful in lowering susceptibility to gum disease!
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