Dental bridges are used to restore gaps in your mouth.
It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth which is attached to the natural tooth or teeth next to the gap.
A number of natural teeth can be connected together to replace a similar number of missing teeth, but the natural teeth must be strong enough to be able to carry the extra load.
1. Adhesive Bridges
Adhesive bridges are more conservative and require less of the natural tooth to be removed. The "false tooth" is carried off a bonded metal or ceramic wing which is glued to the adjacent natural tooth. This type of bridge is best suited to replacing a single missing front tooth, where the adjacent teeth are strong and otherwise healthy.
2. Fixed Bridges
Where the natural tooth adjacent to a gap has been previously restored, it will often need to be prepared for a crown before it can be adapted to carry a "false tooth". This type of bridge is able to restore wider gaps, or to replace a tooth whilst adding strength to the carrying teeth.
A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth which is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. There are two main types of dental bridge. The most common type consists of two crowns, made of porcelain or metal, which are permanently bonded to your natural teeth either side of the space, with the false tooth (or teeth) in the middle.
If the teeth either side of your missing teeth are strong and healthy, you may be able to have an adhesive bridge. An adhesive bridge is a false tooth with 'wings' either side of it. These wings are bonded to the inner surfaces of the supporting teeth. This avoids the need to prepare the neighboring teeth for full coverage crowns.