Dental bridges are designed to fill spaces between your existing teeth, and can serve as effective teeth replacements. Composed of a small row of artificial teeth, dental bridges are removable and look natural. In addition to giving your teeth a better appearance, they are also able to help improve chewing and speaking as they are built to last and can prevent surrounding teeth from moving and shifting.
Because bridges are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances. Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.