A dental bridge is used to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth.
A dental bridge serves a variety of purposes, including improving the appearance of your teeth, restoring your ability to chew and speak, maintaining the shape of your face, and preventing teeth from moving out of position.
A bridge is composed of three parts: a false tooth and two crowns. A false tooth (these are called pontics and can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these) replaces the missing tooth. Two crowns are placed on either side of the false tooth, which serve as anchors (these are called abutment teeth). A tooth bridge can last many years with proper oral care and can be an alternative to dental implants when it comes to replacing missing teeth