RESTORE FUNCTION OF MISSING TEETH WITH DENTAL BRIDGES
Dental bridge is a very common and popular restorative treatment for patients who are missing one or more of their teeth. The missing teeth are replaced with prosthetic equivalents that are permanently attached to the adjacent natural teeth. These natural teeth need to be “prepared” (reduced in size and “capped”) 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. Another disadvantage is the possibility of accumulation of food and bacteria underneath the bridge, which can cause decay and gum disease. Finally, the absence of dental roots often leads to bone recession (shrinking) and to increased fragility of the jaw. On the positive side, dental bridge provides a level of functionality (support and stability) that is far better than that of its removable counterpart (removable partial denture). People can bite better, chew better – and enjoy their food better!