Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Dental bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a dental bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold or impression is taken of the area which is sent to our dental lab. The lab will use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on the teeth at either end of the open space ( abutments) and crown or crowns to replace the missing teeth (pontic).
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for our lab to fabricate 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 secure.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should 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 have missing teeth, you should strongly consider having them replaced. Along with the aesthetics of having missing teeth, it may also affect your speech, the structural integrity of your mouth and jaw, your facial structure and may cause discomfort when eating.
Let our team at Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry help restore your smile.