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Bridges

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more teeth that have been lost by joining an artificial tooth permanently to the adjacent teeth. 

Once prepped, a bridge is cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth, with a false tooth, called a pontic, in the middle. 

    

If nothing is done, the loss of a tooth may cause the remaining teeth to shift and tilt into the empty space.  The opposite jaw may shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite place more stress on other teeth.  A bridge also helps support your lips and cheeks and helps mainain the natural shape of your face. Teeth that have drifted are often harder to clean making them more suscepitble to tooth decay and gum disease. In the long run, more teeth may be lost. 

 

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