Dental bridges are a very common and popular restorative treatment for dental patients who are missing one or more of their teeth. These missing teeth are replaced with a dental bridge, which consists of prosthetic equivalents that are permanently attached to the adjacent natural teeth. The surrounding natural teeth need to be “prepared” (reduced in size and “capped” with a dental crown) in order to hold and support the replacement prosthesis.

The fact that healthy teeth need to be involved in the treatment process is unquestionably a distinct disadvantage of dental bridges. Another disadvantage is the possibility of accumulation of food and bacteria underneath the bridge, which can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis (early-stage gum disease). Finally, the absence of dental roots where the missing teeth are often leads to bone recession (shrinking) and to increased fragility of the jaw.

On the positive side, dental bridges provide a level of functionality (support and stability) that is far better than that of its removable counterpart (removable partial denture). Patients can bite better, chew better, and enjoy their food better with dental bridges! If you are interested in learning more about this dental treatment for missing teeth, contact Mer Bleue Dental Centre in Orléans or book an appointment at our family dental clinic online!