Missing multiple teeth can be more than just embarrassing. It can also have adverse affects on your oral health. Your other teeth can start to shift, which can change your bite, lead to trouble speaking and talking, and even result in temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). By leaving the space void, your chances for tooth decay and periodontitis are also increased.
Dental bridges are one option for filling the empty space. The dental bridge procedure uses a false tooth (called a pontic) and fuses it between two dental crowns to “bridge” the empty space. This will prevent your other teeth from shifting and compromising your oral health.
There are several types of permanent or fixed bridges, such as: