A dental bridge is a false tooth that has been set between two crowns, and is used to fill in the gap caused by missing teeth. We can use gold, porcelain, metal, or any combination to make the false tooth, depending on your needs and circumstances. The crowns anchor the bridge in place, while the natural teeth (or implants, as the case may be) support both the bridge and the crowns. In most circumstances, bridges will be semi-permanent, meaning that they are tough and durable, but can’t be removed for cleaning. Because of this, patients must take special care of their bridges, treating them and cleaning them like any other tooth. Assuming that a patient is conscientious about maintaining their dental bridge and treating it right, their dental bridge will last up to ten years.
Advantages of Bridges
Dental bridges can:
- Replace missing teeth, properly spreading the force of chewing across your mouth and lowering the odds of damaging your teeth further.
- Help maintain the shape of your face.
- Help you to chew and speak correctly again.
- Make your smile look better and healthier.
- Fill in the gaps between teeth to prevent remaining teeth from shifting into the wrong position.
What to expect
At the beginning of the procedure, we will remove part of the teeth on either side of the gap, preparing them and making room for the crown. Next, we will make an impression of these anchoring teeth to help us mold the crowns, bridge, and false tooth so that they’ll fit perfectly. It’s important for everything to look and feel as natural as possible once we’re finished, so this process could very easily take quite a bit of time. We want to make sure we get it right the first time. While you’re waiting for the real one, we’ll give you a temporary bridge to make sure your teeth don’t shift position. Then, you’ll go home.
Once your false teeth, crowns, and bridge are done, we’ll call you back in for your second visit. We’ll begin by removing the temporary bridge and replacing it with the real one. We’ll then take some time to test it, making sure it fits and functions properly. If necessary, we’ll make any needed adjustments at this time. In some cases, the bridge may need to be adjusted over the course of multiple visits. However, this depends on your specific circumstances. A couple weeks later, we’ll cement the bridge into place.