A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth, attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth.
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together as a team for many daily functions from eating to speaking. A dental bridge can also help support your lips and cheeks, as the loss of a posterior tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to appear older. Ultimately, dental health is the most important reason to have a dental bridge installed. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Missing teeth can and should be replaced and dental bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
The attachment procedure usually takes two appointments to complete. At the first appointment the doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap (known as the abutment teeth). Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge will be made by a dental laboratory. The doctor will then make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit and toensure that a proper bite alignment has been achieved.
Some bridges can be made in one visit using our CEREC machine.
A strict regiment of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge clean as well as your surrounding teeth. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.