Dental bridges are a good choice to replace missing teeth. Using your existing teeth, a bridge, made from gold, metals, porcelain or alloys is created, spanning the missing tooth area. Bridges are strong and durable. A bridge begins by altering your existing teeth into abutments where the bridge will be attached, providing a base for the bridge.
Once the abutments are created, a mold is taken of the area and sent to a dental lab. This mold is used to create an appliance that will not only fit properly but it will also and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. A bridge normally consists of two crowns, one on either end of the appliance to place on the abutments and the pontic, the replacement tooth.
While waiting for the lab to complete the permanent fixture, we will fit you with a temporary bridge. This temporary bridge is designed to protect the abutments, the gum area and will be more attractive than the missing tooth.
To place the permanent bridge during your follow up visit, it will be placed on the abutments and we use an adhesive to permanent set the bridge.
Eat soft foods for the first few days. Then after this initial phase you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues. Although it may take a while to get used to your new bridge, after a few days it should feel like having your own teeth back again.
Bridges are a good choice, but if you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced with a dental implant. Missing a tooth is more than just unattractive, it can also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw and affect your speech.
Contact us for a consultation to determine if a bridge can help restore your smile.