Dr. Cohen will often consider dental bridges for people who have missing teeth and practice good oral hygiene that may not be ideal candidates for dental implants. If you have spaces created by missing teeth, your remaining teeth may begin to shift out of position and become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
A traditional fixed bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns and is used to fill in an area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns, which hold the false tooth, are attached to the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. A fixed bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and cannot be removed like a partial denture.
A resin bonded bridge is used primarily on the front teeth. This bridge is most successful when the surrounding teeth are healthy and don’t have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. Resin bonded bridges reduce the need of preparation on the adjacent teeth.