Typically, the replacement of lost teeth is both a functional and esthetic improvement. Replacing lost teeth helps keep teeth in their correct positions and prevents shifting; maintains and restores proper muscular, joint, bone and gum function; and also improves chewing. One option to replace missing teeth is fixed (stationary bridgework).
Fixed (Stationary) Bridgework
This non-removable restoration spans the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridgework is anchored by and cemented to the teeth on either side of the space. The anchor teeth support the bridge once it is cemented in place. A bridge can involve three “teeth” (two anchor teeth with a replacement tooth in the middle) or more teeth. In some cases, a complete upper and/or lower arch is created.