Fixed 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 ceramics, gold or metal alloys to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments from your existing teeth to which the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a foundation for the bridge. After the abutments have been prepared, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to construct a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge essentially consists of a crown on either side of the space and a pontic or filler tooth in the area of the space.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and preserve the spatial relationships between the adjacent and opposing teeth. When the permanent bridge has been fabricated, you will have a follow up visit to seat the bridge. Following any necessary adjustments the bridge will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive cement to secure the bridge.
It may take a few days to become acclimated to your new bridge, but very soon it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to resume a normal diet.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Aside the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.