Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. It is a restoration that stays in your mouth permanently. It does not need to be removed to clean it or your teeth. Your adjacent teeth are used to support a bridge across the area where a tooth or teeth are missing.
Bridges can be made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable and esthetic. All our crowns and bridgework are fabricated in the United States utilizing the highest quality materials for your safety and longevity.
The process of creating a bridge begins by preparing and shaping the anchoring teeth into abutments, which provide a foundation for the bridge. After the abutments have been prepared, an impression is made of the area and sent to our dental lab. The lab uses this mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of at least two crowns, one on each side of the open space, and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
While the lab crafts your permanent bridge, a temporary bridge is created and cemented in the mouth to protect the abutment teeth and the exposed gum areas. When the permanent bridge arrives, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the anchoring teeth, adjusted to the specifics of your bite and when the fitting is complete you will have the opportunity to see and approve any bridgework before it is cemented in your mouth.
Bridges can take a little while to get used to, but usually after a few days it will 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 eat whatever you want without any problems.
It is important to replace missing teeth. In addition to the aesthetic disadvantage of missing teeth, structural damage to to the remaining teeth can result, as well as difficulty eating or speaking properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.
Call us today if you would like to learn more about how bridges can help restore your smile at (609) 409-3992.