A dental bridge is a false tooth that is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. It is secured into place by your natural tooth, a crown, or an implant. A bridge is made up of tooth-colored porcelain, gold, or a combination of both to provide the best results. Cosmetic bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Without a bridge, spaces that are left unfilled may cause surrounding teeth to drift out of position. This can cause your other teeth and gums to become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Once a comprehensive exam is completed, the doctor will determine if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. Bridges require two appointments. During the first appointment the teeth are prepared for the bridge, impressions of the teeth are taken, and the temporary bridge is placed.
The impressions are then sent to the lab, where our mast ceramist constructions the bridge. At the second appointment, the permanent bridge is fitted and cemented. A dental bridge can restore your ability to chew your food, maintain the shape of your face, retain your natural bite, and helps your speech. If your temporary bridges become loose or comes out, call our practice for an immediate appointment. If it is after business hours, clean the bridge and place it back in your mouth so the teeth and bite doesn’t shift.