When a patient loses a tooth to decay, trauma or gum disease, it can be a frightening and disturbing time. We understand this and have confidence that we can correct these situations with several options, one of those being a bridge.
When the adjacent teeth that are used to hold the bridge in place have large fillings in them, it is an acceptable solution to utilize a bridge. If the adjacent teeth are intact, then the patient has to make an informed decision about going forward with a bridge or consider an implant. There was a time when a bridge was the only solution for replacing a missing tooth, but in the age of implant dentistry, this approach has changed. We always discuss implants as an option.