If you have a gap in your mouth where teeth used to be, don’t fret. Although it can be embarrassing having multiple teeth missing, it’s not a situation that is impossible to fix; in this case, the dentists at Mansfield Dental Center might recommend a bridge to complete your beautiful row of teeth. Dental bridges are fixed porcelain pieces that are permanently joined in a row, and can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on them, or by implant-supported crowns (similar to single-tooth dental implants). They look and feel like your natural teeth, but the bridge is removable.
How the bridge is built depends on how many missing teeth a patient has, the location of the missing teeth, the size and length of the roots that abutments (tooth root replacements) will be placed in, and the amount of bone support each anchor has. Because of how complex such a process can be, designing and creating the bridge requires great understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the way surrounding gum and bone tissue would behave with a bridge nearby—the kind of knowledge you’ll find the dental care providers at Mansfield Dental Center have.