To fill in gaps from missing teeth
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth by using the teeth either side of the gap as anchors. It is fitted into place, meaning it doesn’t need to be taken out at night and shouldn’t be confused with dentures.
Bridges can be a great alternative to dental implants or dentures. For example, if the teeth either side of the gap are damaged, a bridge not only fills the gap, but also treats the teeth either side in the process.
Protecting and conserving your natural teeth
However, bridges are not the first choice if the teeth either side of the gap are completely healthy, as is usually the case after trauma. As dentists, our first priority is to protect and conserve teeth, so we’re always reluctant to remove enamel from healthy teeth, simply to fit a bridge.