A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns on either side of a false tooth that replaces a missing tooth. This does involve altering your natural teeth, but the result is a natural-looking, long-lasting restoration. Dr. Victor Siegel recommends dental bridges for patients who have lost one or more teeth and who also have good bone and gum support.View transcript
A dental bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth. In this case, the missing tooth is replaced by suspending a false tooth between two crowns on the neighboring teeth. The advantage of this is that this feels completely natural to the patient because there's no foreign object like a removable partial denture to replace the missing tooth. Now it does involve placing a crown on each neighboring tooth. So patients have to realize that this is going to alter those teeth. But most of the time the patients do fine with that. And they end up with a very nice dental restoration that feels natural and looks good and will last a long time. The difference between a crown and a bridge is a crown is a single tooth restoration for a tooth that can no longer support a filling, or that is broken down to the point where it can't be filled anymore. And it usually involves reducing the tooth and height and girth and placing a crown or cap over the tooth to help hold it together. A bridge, as we discussed earlier, is a replacement for a missing tooth that utilizes two or more crowns to help support the missing tooth which is basically a solid crown. A good candidate for a dental bridge is anyone who's lost one or more teeth, whereby the neighboring teeth that will end up supporting the crown or bridge has good bone support and good gum support so that we know that those teeth will be retained for a long time. Otherwise, anybody who's healthy enough to have a filling done is probably healthy enough to have a bridge done.