A missing tooth cannot only cause great distress in regards to your physical appearance, but the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to unpleasant hygiene issues and gum disease.
There are different types of dental bridges which generally tend to be fixed in place by your dentist. As dental bridges are custom made it ensures a perfect fit for your mouth.
A bridge is a custom made precision item that is cemented over your tooth or implant to completely cover it and restore an adjacent gap. Dental bridges generally require the reduction of the adjacent teeth to make room for the materials used to fabricate the bridge, allowing the final bridge to have the correct size, shape and contact with the opposing teeth.
In some cases, a resin retained bridge (sometimes known as a Maryland bridge) can be used without the need for reduction , or perhaps very minimal reduction, of the adjacent teeth. If adjacent teeth have enough enamel and enough support, a resin retained bridge may be used as a permanent fixture by "bonding" it to the supporting teeth.
Traditionally bridges have used a metal substructure. Today, very strong white materials like Zirconium, often eliminate the requirement for a metal substructure for your bridge.
All ceramic bridges now are the gold supported bridges providing the ultimate aesthetic result, however a more cost effective solution are the resin bonded bridges, which are the quickest and most conservative treatment to fill that gap in your smile.
Your Clinician will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of treatment to achieve your desired result.