This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth.It is formed to
look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a
bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge
replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as
much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys,
porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material and cost may vary
dependent on your preference. The choice of material depends on requirements for
strength, wear, and/or esthetics.It is important that a missing tooth be replaced
as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding
the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad
things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing,
they start to "fall." As this worsens the bite changes in response to the
pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ.
The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they,
too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of
treatment increasing as the neglect continues.