What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth (or teeth). It has at least two natural teeth which it is anchored to for support on each side.
A dental bridge can be made of metal alloys, gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Benefits of a Bridge
- Effectively restore a smile
- Improve the ability to chew
- Improve the ability to speak clearly
- Maintain the natural shape of the face
- Correctly align teeth to allow for a proper bite
- Prevent teeth from shifting and moving out of alignment
As you can see, the benefits of a dental bridge extend beyond aesthetics.
In order to prepare the mouth for a bridge, the abutment teeth will need to be contoured. This process involves the dentist removing a small amount of the enamel to make room for a permanent crown to be cemented. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory.
Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth until the bridge has been completed. It will also prevent teeth from shifting while you wait for your permanent bridge.
The temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent bridge will be tried-in to ensure the proper fit. After any necessary adjustments have been made, the bridge will be cemented permanently. Additional visits may be necessary to ensure proper fit and shade.