Bridges are useful as corrective measures after an accident or serious dental decay--when teeth have been extracted or are missing. These restorations are used to replace missing teeth. Similar to the crown technique, a dental bridge is essentially three or more dental crowns attached together. (See crowns for more information.) Fixed bridges are placed on the neighboring teeth, so they span the site of the missing tooth. The bridge is fitted with ceramic teeth to replicate the missing teeth, to restore function, and aesthetics.
Bridges are required not only for cosmetic reasons. They are prescribed to ensure the teeth behind the extracted area are kept in place. Often these teeth will drift and cause bite irregularities. These irregularities will eventually lead to TMJ disorder (jaw joint pain.) Timely placement of a dental bridge will eliminate these potential complications to dental tooth extraction.