Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth.
Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area
where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or
porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating
abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The
existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the
abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which we are able to use to create a bridge that will fit
properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. A bridge consists
of a crown on both sides of a space (missing teeth) and a crown to replace the
missing tooth, all connected as one piece.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for your
permanent bridge to be made. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and
look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has
been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be
placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to attach the
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it
should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods
for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial
phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced.
Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause
structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat
or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.