Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to support the missing tooth/teeth. 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 our 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 that replaces your missing tooth.
We will place a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the bridge has been finished, you will have a follow up visit to place the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is securely attached.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced, if recommended. Besides 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.