All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss does not necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are several options for correcting tooth loss.
A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Poindexter will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.