Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Existing teeth are used to create a bridge to cross the area where the 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. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth.
You will be fitted for a temporary bridge while the lab crafts your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look aesthetically pleasing. When the permanent bridge is ready, you will have a follow up visit. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to set the bridge.
While you may experience just a few days of adjustment, it should feel as natural as your own teeth shortly following. The dentist may discuss a soft foods diet for the first few days after having the bridge placed. After the initial phase, you should be able to eat normally again.
Stefanski Dental highly recommends if you are missing a tooth to consider having it replaced. A missing tooth can cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly, and can have an aesthetic disadvantage. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.