Dental Bridges replace missing teeth. If you have large spaces between teeth, your adjacent teeth usually move and change position. This shifting can cause periodontal problems, bite-related problems, and result in your inability to properly chew food. We usually recommend that missing teeth be replaced.
To fabricate a bridge, crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the empty space, and a replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached between. The end result is that the space is filled with a natural looking tooth that functions much the same as the original tooth.
If the teeth on either side of the space are already in need of crowns, the missing tooth or teeth can usually be with a bridge. If the adjacent teeth are intact and have little or no filling material in them, a dental implant may be a better alternative. If you are in the Greater Boston communities of Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell and Wilmington, schedule your tooth bridges consultation with Tewksbury Dental Associates!