Replacing Missing Teeth
A bridge is one of the options that you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth. The replacement of these missing teeth is necessary in order to maintain the proper functions of the mouth. Tooth loss can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. Bridges are made from metal, ceramics, or a combination. Ceramics are often bonded to metal alloy. Your dentist will consider the appearance and function of the bridge and can discuss the material best suited for you.
The procedure begins with preparation of the natural teeth, or abutments. We will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each one. The next step is to take an impression of the area. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or unattractive tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This bridge will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored bite and smile.