Besides dentures there are two main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is dental implants and the second is by a bridge. A bridge is used to replace a gap in the smile to restore a natural, pleasing appearance. There are different types of bridge options depending on the size of gap and health of surrounding teeth.
|An ‘adhesive bridge’ is non destructive as it is bonded
or glued to the adjacent tooth.
|A fixed bridge involves preparing adjacent
teeth to close the gap.
Why replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your “bite” is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.