Brides are an alternative to dentures and dental implants and are used to fill the gap of a missing tooth. Missing teeth should be replaced for a number of reasons such as: Appearance The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side. Your bite is affected because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease. There are two types of bridges, conventional and adhesive.
Conventional bridges are basically two or more crowns bonded together, supported by one or more teeth. The surrounding teeth need to be prepared. This involves trimming down adjacent teeth to support the bridge.
An adhesive bridge is a false crown, supported by one ore more small metal tags. These are less damaging to the neighbouring teeth than a conventional bridge as no tooth preparation is needed.