Teeth shift to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. Misaligned teeth and other dental problems can result from the shifting teeth.
A bridge is a natural-looking way to replace a missing tooth. The false teeth, called pontics, are made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
To create a bridge, an impression is made of the area of the missing tooth or teeth and the bridge is custom created to match the natural teeth surrounding it. Bridges are placed between two anchor teeth, which are given crowns to support the bridge.
With proper care, a bridge can last 10 to 15 years. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule with a dentist will help ensure the health of surrounding teeth and increase the longevity of the bridge.