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Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap — these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth are placed in between.
Bridges are a permanent (non removable) prosthesis (teeth) that attaches to your natural teeth. Their purpose is to bridge or fill in the gap that a missing tooth has left vacant.
However, bridges rely on your existing teeth to hold and support them. Therefore, you typically need at least one good tooth on either side of the missing space to hold the bridge in place. The adjacent teeth typically need to be prepared for a crown also known as a bridge abutment.
Once the bridge is made it is confirmed to fit well on the teeth and according to your bite. It is then held in place by either cementing or bonding the bridge onto the adjacent supporting teeth.
For many people, it is common to lose all of their back teeth first, so there is no posterior tooth to use as a bridge support. In those cases is possible to use two or three supports on the front and then “hang” a tooth on the back to provide some molar function. This modified form of a bridge is known as cantilever bridge.
Although they do “work”, there are limits to how far back the false teeth can extend. These do put a lot more stress and pressure on the supporting teeth and hence, their life expectancy can be significantly less than a traditional bridge.
Prior to implants, bridges were considered the best way to replace your missing tooth/teeth as they were the closest thing available to a real tooth. Bridges were a better alternative to a full or partial set of dentures. Bridges are permanent where you cannot remove them.