If you’re self-conscious about missing teeth, our restorative dentist can close the gaps left in your smile with a dental bridge. A false tooth held in place by the on either side of the gap, dental bridges are made to look just like your natural teeth.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is one of many restorative solutions for missing teeth and involves a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are cemented onto each of the abutment, or adjacent, teeth that support the bridge.
Dental bridges can:
- Restore your smile
- Prevent further tooth loss and jawbone deterioration
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent existing teeth from drifting out of position
Dental Bridge Procedure
For a dental bridge to fit as it should, the supporting abutment teeth will need to be prepared first by our dentist. He will recontour the teeth by removing enough enamel to allow for the placement of a crown on each adjacent tooth.
Impressions of the teeth are made next. The dental lab will use the impressions to construct the bridge, crowns, and pontic, or false tooth. You will be given a temporary bridge to protect exposed teeth and gums in the meantime.
Once the bridge and necessary components have been prepared, your temporary bridge will be removed and the more permanent one will be placed. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the dental bridge and bite.
If cared for properly and oral hygiene habits are practiced regularly, dental bridges can last 15 years or longer. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and dental checkups every 6 months all play into the lifespan of a dental bridge.