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 constructed from porcelain at our office.
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 prepared to provide retention for the bridge. After the abutments have been prepared, an impression is taken of the area which is sent to a our dental lab. The lab will use the mold to create a bridge that will fit perfectly and feel like your natural teeth have never changed. The bridge consists of two crowns (retainers) on either end to place on the abutments and a floating tooth (pontic), which is the new tooth that replaces your previously missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to fabricate your permanent bridge. 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 cement the bridge to make sure that the bridge stays in place.
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 changes to your teeth and jaw (i.e. tipping teeth, food traps, etc), as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly in some cases. Ask us how we can restore your smile with a bridge.