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Bridges

In most cases where a tooth or teeth are missing, there are several different options for tooth replacement. One way to replace a missing tooth is with a removable partial denture. Another way is with a dental implant and crown. Finally, the third way to replace a missing tooth or teeth is with a fixed bridge, described here.

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.

There are at least two, usually three, appointments for a bridge. At the first, 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 recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to 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 a crown (or crowns) on each end to place on the abutments and a pontic (or pontics), which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. We will fit you with 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. At the second visit, we will try in the framework of the bridge, then recement your temporary bridge. When the permanent bridge has been completed, you will have your third visit where we cement the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the we will 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 normally.

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 making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.

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