A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Caps or crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the open space and the missing teeth are connected to the crowns and held in place. A bridge can be used to replace up to two side-by-side missing teeth.
A dental bridge is much the same as a bridge that cars drive over in that it has at least two supports, one on each end, and a connecting portion in between. The bridge is made with a metal or ceramic substructure for strength with porcelain on top so that it looks just like a natural tooth.
Treatment & Procedure
The dentist will prepare or shade the teeth that will hold the bridge. The teeth are then shaped on the top and sides to allow the bridge to fit comfortably with your bite. An impression of the shaped teeth is sent to the lab where the bridge is made. A temporary bridge is placed to cover your prepared teeth until your permanent bridge is ready.
At your insertion appointment the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is checked for fit, bite accuracy, colour and aesthetics. Once all necessary adjustments are made, the bridge is cemented in place.
Will The Bridge Look Natural?
Not only will your bridge look natural, but you will have trouble distinguishing which teeth are bridged and which aren’t. Our primary goal is to marry your optimal aesthetics with a properly functioning bite. A bridge will satisfy all of these criteria.
Why Consider A Bridge?
Not only will a bridge provide ideal aesthetics, but it will allow you to restore the stability of your bite which was lost with your missing tooth or teeth. Keeping your bite stable will ensure that your teeth remain strong and healthy.
You will also avoid problems which can occur when the stability of your bite deteriorates or collapses. In addition to a bridge, dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth and maintaining bite stability.