Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace missing a tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth.
Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth.