A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can improve your risk of bum dis, including reducing your risk of gum disease, help to correct minor bite issues, and can even improve your speech. The false tooth acts as holder to prevent the shifting of teeth, improve one’s oral health, as well as improve one’s smile.
A bridge is typically made from either porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain. The traditional bridge consists of two crowns (abutments) that are attached to an artificial tooth (pontic) and cemented on. A bridge is a highly durable replacement for missing teeth/ a tooth lasting for many years. They may need to be replaced over time or recemented due to wear.
There are several reasons for a fixed bridge: -prevent teeth from drifting -restore chewing -improve speech -restore one’s smile -fill spaces for missing teeth
The preparation for a fixed bridge usually requires two or more visits. The first appointment the two abutment teeth are prepared by reducing the enamel so the crowns can fit properly. Then the dentist will create an accurate impression (mold) of the patients mouth which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. The patient will receive a temporary bridge during this appointment which will be made and worn until final delivery. Once the bridge is fabricated by the laboratory, the permanent fixed bridge will be cemented in the mouth.
You will receive care instructions for home care of your fixed bridge after your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
If you're missing a tooth and want to discuss options to replace it such as a bridge, ask us at Dentistry on Finch if a dental bridge is right for you.