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.
A dental bridge is a permanent prosthesis that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It can restore full function to your teeth while giving you the cosmetic outcome that you want. Bridges are an effective solution for:
- preventing shifting teeth
- restoring function to the bite
- restoring a natural smile
- upgrading from a removable partial denture to a permanent prosthesis
A bridge consists of two crowns that go over the two anchoring (abutment) teeth next to the missing space. They then are attached to artifical teeth (pontics), filling in the gap created by one or more missing teeth. There are several types of bridges . You can discuss the best option for your particular case with our dentist.
The procedure usually requires two or more visits. The anchoring teeth are prepared/reshaped. A highly accurate mold (impression) is made which is sent to the laboratory where the bridge is fabricated. Before you leave your intial visit, a temporary bridge will be fit in order to maintain the space and provide cosmetic appeal while the permanent crown is being made.
Dental bridges can be a perfect long-term replacement for missing teeth, restoring function and integrity to your teeth and giving you that great smiles. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you have.