A dental bridge is a great option for replacing a missing tooth. In this procedure, your existing teeth are used to create a bridge across 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 process of creating a bridge is as follows:
- We begin by creating abutments out of your existing teeth. This is 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 this area of your mouth and sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns to place on the abutments and replaces the missing tooth. It contains a pontic, which is the new tooth.
- While you wait for your permanent bridge, we will fit you for a temporary one. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas.
- When the permanent bridge is sent back from the lab, you will have a follow-up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments using an adhesive.
The bridge may take some time to get used to, but will eventually feel like your own teeth. It is recommended you eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After that, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no problems.
If you are missing a tooth, it is strongly recommended that you have it replaced. The missing tooth can cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as make it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile!