All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth.
Why do I need a bridge?
Functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and remaining teeth when teeth are missing, causing a number of potential problems.
How is a bridge made?
Making a bridge usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment our dentists will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite, a digital scan or traditional impression of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be fabricated.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from zirconia, gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.