Dental bridges are a solution for multiple missing teeth. Missing teeth can make it difficult to enjoy a confident and healthy smile. Fixed dental bridges and crowns offer excellent solutions. Spaces left from missing teeth can cause other your other teeth to shift and the jaw to become less stable. Receiving treatment as soon as possible is key for the future of your dental health. A bridge is made up of two or more traditional or implant crowns on either side of a missing tooth. The teeth that anchor the bridge are called abutments and the false tooth created to fill the space is called a pontic. They are created from porcelain, metal, or ceramic material. Materials used will depend on each individual patients needs, but rest assured we will help you achieve that bright beautiful smile you deserve.
Some benefits of a bridge include:
- Helping maintain the shape of your face after extractions
- Restoring your smile
- Preventing other teeth from shifting
- Restoring the ability to properly chew and speak
A fixed bridge means that your dentist uses existing natural teeth on both sides of your missing tooth (or teeth) to help hold your bridge in place. Placing a bridge usually takes more than one dental visit.
On the first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth on either side of the gap, the bridge will attach to those teeth.
Your dentist then makes an impression or an image of your teeth and the space. That information is sent to a dental laboratory where lab technicians follow your dentist’s instructions and make the bridge. A temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth while you are waiting for the permanent bridge.
When the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist fits, adjusts and cements the bridge to the prepared teeth. This type of bridge is permanent and cannot be taken out of your mouth without a dentist’s help.