Permanent bridges are restorations that fill in a space caused by missing teeth. Bridges prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and provide a more stable surface for chewing. If the spaces are not filled the other teeth shift, and adversely affects your bite. This malocclusion sometimes produces pain in the jaw joint.
How does a bridge work?
The permanent bridge is “anchored” to teeth on both sides of the spaces, which gives the bridge strength and support. The doctors at Colonial Dental Group prefer to use non-metal containing bridges in most cases, but will choose the material based on biocompatibility, strength, functionality and esthetics.
Care for your bridge does not differ from the care you give your natural teeth. But it is especially important to floss thoroughly, as instructed by your dentist. A Waterpik-type irrigation device is usually recommended as an adjunct to regular flossing or special floss threaders that allow access to the area under the replacement teeth.
While a Permanent Bridge is permanently “fixed” in place, a Partial Denture (AKA a “Removable Bridge” can be taken out as necessary. When the adjacent teeth are not strong enough to support a bridge, an implant may be a necessary option.