A dental bridge is used to replace a lost tooth. If a badly decayed tooth cannot be saved with a root canal therapy, it has to be removed. Once removed, the hole left behind needs to be filled to avoid other problems.
When a tooth is lost and there is a healthy tooth on each side, a fixed dental bridge can be used to replace the tooth.
Dental Bridge Alternatives
Alternatives to a dental bridge as explained by our San Marcos dentist is a dental implant or a removable partial denture. From a comfort stand point, an implant most closely resembles a tooth and is the most comfortable, followed by a dental bridge and then a removable denture.