What is a bridge?
A bridge is a custom device anchored on to neighbouring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth with false ones.
When a lost tooth is replaced with bridge-work, the teeth on either side of the missing one/s must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments or anchors to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth or teeth in place. A bridge is a permanent structure and cannot be removed.
Why would I need a bridge?
Tooth loss. Whether it is because of tooth decay, periodontal disease, injury or accident, tooth loss can cause many serious problems for your neighbouring teeth.
Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth begin to shift. The opposing tooth above or below the one that was lost can begin to move up or down and out of the socket which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure.