Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth in your smile. Your existing teeth are used to create a bridge to connect the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges can be made from gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The bridge creation process begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth. This is where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are contoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area and then sent to a dental laboratory. The lab will be able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit perfectly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on top of the abutments and the new tooth that fills in the area of your missing tooth.
While we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge, we will fit you with a temporary bridge in the meantime. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas during the waiting period and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit with your dentist to officially set the bridge. The bridge will be placed on the abutments and your dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is correctly set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to. After a few days, it should feel like you have your own teeth back again! You should begin eating soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After this initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with zero issues.
If you are missing a tooth, you should not put off having it replaced any longer. Besides the embarrassment of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment with us today to restore your smile!