Dental bridges have been used for decades to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are permanent replacements and are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth or teeth and the surrounding teeth. Comprised of two or more anchoring teeth and the replacement teeth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape intact.
Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing teeth plus replacement teeth, which are held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Dental bridges can be made over natural teeth or implants if multiple teeth are missing.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last many years.