A bridge – also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis” – is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It usually takes the form of an artificial tooth inserted between two crowns and extends from one end of the edentulous zone to the other.
The bridge is firmly held in place by the teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth; it is permanently attached and cannot be removed.
The consequences of the loss of one or more teeth can be dramatic for the patient, not only on an aesthetic level, but also for their health in general. It can cause digestive issues, malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies, and speech problems. The loss of one or more teeth can cause an imbalance in the jaw, creating problems in the joint and occlusion.
It’s therefore important to replace missing teeth without waiting too long. There are several options available to you – for example, a crown on implants, a fixed bridge, or a bridge supported by implants. In case there’s a whole row of missing teeth, it’s also possible to make full or partial dentures on implants.