If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge could be an option for you. Bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth with pontics (artificial teeth), allowing you to regain your smile. Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in position and act just like your natural teeth.
Why Might You Need a Bridge?
Receiving a bridge is about more than just aesthetics. By filling the gap, you stop other teeth drifting and prevent misalignment. Receiving a bridge will maintain a proper bite, allowing you to eat and speak normally. It will also prevent other oral health conditions caused by missing teeth, including gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorder.
What Is a Bridge?
There are several types of bridges but all use a similar structure. The bridge attaches to either your natural teeth or implants (called abutments) on one or both sides of the gap. The abutments are covered by crowns that are attached to the pontics.
Receiving Your Bridge
To place a crown over your natural teeth for a bridge, we need to reduce the tooth in size. After this, we will take an impression of your mouth to use as a mold for the bridge. We will then send this to a dental lab with instructions to use a material of you choice when fabricating the crown. If your bridge is to be made from porcelain, we will specify the shade of the material to match your natural teeth exactly.
When your bridge is ready, you will return to the clinic for fitting. We will place the bridge in position and make any necessary adjustments to improve comfort. Once everything fits well, we cement the bridge permanently onto the abutments.
With proper care, your bridge can last a lifetime. We will provide you with tips for maintaining your bridge, including the best oral hygiene practices and diet recommendations to maintain your bridge and natural teeth.