Fixed bridges, usually made of gold (or porcelain faced gold) are
used to replace missing teeth.
Losing a tooth starts a cycle of destruction within your mouth.
In normal, healthy mouths, teeth have a natural balance. Each upper
tooth contacts the corresponding lower tooth, allowing for a well-balanced
chewing function. Losing a tooth can quickly subject the mouth to
unfavourable conditions and with each lost tooth, the problems are
magnified and the destructive cycle continues.
A fixed bridge will not only replace missing teeth, it will also
help create a normal bite, prevent stress on the dental ridge, eliminate
over eruption of opposing teeth, prevent the drifting and tilt of
adjacent teeth, inhibit decay in abnormal areas and slow the onset
of periodontal disease.
Fixed bridges are easily attached to abutment teeth. The pontic
(part of the bridge, which actually replaces the missing tooth)
is attached to a crown, which is then affixed to the abutment teeth.
The entire bridge is then cemented in place. This work takes only
a few office visits to complete.
A bridge used to replace an upper left lateral incisor
A bridge used to reconstruct a smile
In this case fillings are replaced with white inlays joined
to the false tooth in order to minimise the amount of tooth structure
lost in the preparation process.