A bridge by definition is a connecting, transitional or intermediate route or structure between two adjacent elements. In other words, a bridge connects two sides. In the same way, a dental bridge creates a passage or connection between a tooth, the missing tooth or teeth, and another tooth.
Dental bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. It is typically utilized on adjacent teeth to anchor to. It usually involves multiple teeth as opposed to a crown that is applied on a single tooth.
When a patient requires a dental bridge, the bridge is custom-made, which means the bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
There are also different types of bridges – permanent and semi-permanent. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others may be removed by a dentist.
As there are different types of bridges that connect rivers, chasms and roads, which are made from different materials, there are also a variety of dental bridges, and they, too, are made from different materials. For instance, porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances. When the bridge appliances are completed, then the appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone, which is used for retention and stability. In this way, the bridge covers the missing tooth or teeth and connects to the adjacent tooth to restore the natural contour of the teeth.
Therefore, like the conventional bridges that we use to cross to the other side, dental bridges are also used to connect one tooth to another tooth.