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.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth (abutments) are reshaped to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is then 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 that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent restoration. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to seat the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive cement to attach the bridge to your teeth.
Why you should have your tooth replaced
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. The dentist will ensure the fit and appearance are correct and then place the bridge using an adhesive cement to attach it to your teeth.