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 another 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 recontouring neighboring existing teeth to provide a base for the bridge. After the correct shaping is finished, 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.
Our office staff will make you a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to try-in, adjust, and then permanently connect the bridge.
The bridge may take a day or two to feel natural but you will soon 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 making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to discuss the many options for replacing missing teeth.