When an individual’s tooth is damaged, a restorative and cosmetic procedure such as bonding, veneer fabrication, or a crown (full or partial) may be necessary to repair both the function and form of the teeth. Choosing between these treatments typically depends upon several factors. A treatment plan can be formulated following a consultation and correct diagnostic procedures. The appropriate restoration procedure is chosen based on the patient’s needs and its ability to provide a cosmetic and functional outcome.
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration procedure that replaces teeth that may be missing or lost. The typical three-unit fixed bridge consists of a replacement tooth (called a “pontic”) that is then attached to the two two adjacent crowned teeth (called “abutments”). Once this has been completed, the bridge is then placed into the mouth. If a replacement bridge is not inserted, the patient’s teeth may shift in their mouth and cause difficulty with chewing. Additionally, dental decay and periodontal disease may occur more quickly and cause further loss of teeth. Bridges protect the existing teeth and help ensure, and maintain a healthy and vibrant smile.