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 is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. A bridge is comprised of two or more crowns on either end to place on the abutments (prepared teeth) and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. A temporary bridge will be created for you while we wait for the lab to craft 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 seat the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is firmly set in place. The bridge takes some getting used to, but after a few days it will feel like you have your own teeth back again. Your diet will need to be on the soft side for a few days after having your bridge placed. In no time you will be able to go back to your regular diet and the foods you enjoy without any problems.
If you are missing a tooth, consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage, a missing tooth could result in structural changes to your mouth and jaw that may interfere with your ability to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.