When considering replacing gaps in your teeth, there are many options to do so.
Bridges are used in dentistry to replace and permanently “Bridge” gaps in your mouth. They are a great option that fix onto teeth either side of the gap.
There are two types of bridges and the difference depends on the material used to fix your false tooth to your natural tooth;
Conventional bridges are false teeth (made from porcelain) attached to a crown made from porcelain. The crown sits on top of your natural teeth. Therefore, if your natural tooth isn’t already a crown then it will have to be drilled to accommodate a crown. Conventional bridges are durable and a great option to replace gaps. they are aesthetically and functionally pleasing and replicate a natural tooth. Survival of bridges is in the remit of 10 years.
Adhesive bridges consist of a false tooth (made from porcelain) cemented onto your natural tooth using a thin metal wing. This is often referred to as a “Maryland”. Adhesive bridges are far less destructive than conventional bridges with minimal or no tooth damage to your natural tooth. Therefore, a safer option. One of the drawbacks of adhesive bridges is that it relies heavily on the cement on the metal wing, and can result in the bridge debonding and falling off if excessive forces are applied to it. If planned correctly they are still a great and fixed option to replace your gap.