What are dental bridges?
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and a false tooth is attached in between the anchoring crowns. The false tooth is called a pontic and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dr Malakonakis can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth.
Why is a bridge needed?
A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.