In order for the crowns to fit properly, the anchor teeth must be filed down from their original size as part of the dental bridge procedure. These two teeth have to be strong enough to support the bridge and take the extra biting pressure. Dentists may perform root canal treatment on the anchor teeth before removing the necessary amount of enamel.
The main drawback to a fixed bridge is having to ‘sacrifice’ two healthy teeth. If you later decide to replace your bridge with an implant, the adjacent teeth will require crowns since removal of enamel is permanent.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. They are very much similar to the dental crown except for the matter that they replace the missing tooth also.
The best way to determine the right solution for you is to have a consultation with our dental experts.