An alternative to implants when looking at replacement of missing teeth, is an option known as a dental bridge. Bridging is a “fixed” option, meaning it cannot be removed from the mouth like a partial denture for example. For this reason, it remains a popular option with patients who are unable to consider implant treatment.
What exactly is a dental bridge?
Bridging has certain requirements, the most important being that there be teeth present on either side of the “gap” that is in the mouth. Made of a hard dental ceramic material, the design usually consists of crowns on either side of the gap, which anchor the bridge to these “support” teeth. Connected in the middle of these supporting crowns is the tooth or teeth that are missing (literally bridging the gap!).