A fixed dental bridge is different from removable dentures because it is a permanent fixture that is bonded to your natural teeth. Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared by shaping them to accept dental crowns. The crowns are bonded to the natural teeth to support the artificial tooth.
Dental bridges have some advantages. They are less expensive than dental implants. The procedure to create a bridge is less invasive than an implant. The bridge is more comfortable than removable dentures and looks more natural.
There are also disadvantages of dental bridges. The preparation process can damage otherwise healthy teeth. Since the artificial tooth sits on top of the gums, it can be difficult to clean underneath. The bone underneath is at risk of disintegrating, possibly causing more problems.
A dental bridge can be used to span one tooth or multiple teeth. To determine if a dental bridge is the right option for you, make an appointment to meet with one of our experts.