A bridge is similar in nature and function as a crown however it involves covering two or more teeth on either side of a space in a dental arch. A bridge would be recommended if the teeth on either side of the space have large fillings or are badly decayed and are in need of a crown.
The bridge would cover both existing teeth, plus a tooth would now be present to take the place of the space, all units are connected together just like a “bridge”. This would restore proper function, however if the teeth on either side of the space are perfectly functional an implant to fill the existing space would be recommended.
Bridges, as well as crowns, are used to optimize the strength and the structure of a tooth. Although their main purpose is to maintain a tooth and to restore proper function to the dental arch, they are also aesthetically pleasing. Advances in dental technology, has allowed for more cosmetically appealing dentistry to be performed in conjunction with prevention and dental health. The materials today have taken on a scope of their own, crowns and bridges can be as natural looking as an actual tooth.There are many effective options when it comes to dental restorative therapy. Whenever possible, we try to keep the tooth by fixing or repairing the problem areas.
The following is a list of other restorative dentistry that can regain the health, beauty and functionality of a tooth or teeth:
A root canal, or non-surgical endodontic therapy, may be recommended for a tooth that has been damaged by deep decay, a large filling, fracture or trauma due to a direct physical impact or heavy bite.