Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth.  Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing.  Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.

The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached.  The existing teeth are re-contoured to provide a base for the bridge.  After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken of the area which is then sent to a dental lab.  The lab is able to use the impression to create a custom bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.  The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic in the middle, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

You will have a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge.  This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.  When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to seat the bridge.  It will be placed on the abutments, and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is permanently fixed in place.

The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days, it will feel like you have your own teeth back again.  You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed.  After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.

If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced.  Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as make it difficult to eat or speak properly.


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