Gaps due to missing teeth or tooth extraction not only spoil your smile, they may also cause the surrounding teeth to shift gradually around the vacant space, potentially leading to biting and jaw problems or gum disease. To fill the gap left by one or two missing teeth a bridge can be used. This consists of a filler tooth or teeth supported by one or a few crowns bonded into place over the intact teeth.
The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared by shaping (1) and an impression taken. The impression together with instructions on tooth colour is sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge is hand-crafted. The bridge is then bonded into place by your dentist (2).
|Maryland bridge with metal wings|
|Composite Maryland bridge|