A dental bridge is a solution for replacing missing teeth that uses the existing, surrounding teeth as anchors to hold the replacement crown in place. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Dental bridges can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. A dental bridge can be an effective way to restore the aesthetics and function of your smile.
There are two types of dental bridges:
- Fixed bridges – bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
- Removable bridges – can be taken out and cleaned
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. Your first appointment will consist of your dentist preparing the teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth in your mouth. The dentist will remove a portion of the enamel and dentin to make room for the bridge
Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken. This will ensure that a bridge will fabricated that will fit precisely to your unique bite and match the opposing teeth. The impressions will be sent a lab where it will be created.
At your final appointment, the bridge will be anchored to your natural teeth or an implant that surrounds the empty space in your smile. The teeth that act as anchors for the bridge are called abutments. Finally, a replacement tooth is attached to the crown that covers the abutments.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Bridges can be cared for with regular brushing and flossing to keep both the bridge and surrounding teeth clean and healthy. It is very important to keep the teeth around the bridge healthy because the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth to act as a foundation for support.