What are Dental Bridges?
A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing.
The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.
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What are the benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Restore your smile
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Why are Dental Bridges necessary?
Teeth are made to work together. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space.
This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain and damage.
When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks.
Over time, this can make your face look older.
What are the steps for a Dental Bridge?
Usually a "fixed bridge" will be used. A fixed bridge means that your dentist uses existing natural teeth on both sides of your missing tooth (or teeth) to help hold your bridge in place. Placing a bridge usually takes more than one dental visit.
On the first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge will attach to those teeth.
Your dentist then makes an impression or an image of your teeth and the space. That information is sent to a dental laboratory where lab technicians follow your dentist’s instructions and make the bridge.
Your dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth while you are waiting for the permanent bridge.
When the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist fits, adjusts and cements the bridge to the prepared teeth. This type of bridge is permanent and cannot be taken out of your mouth without a dentist’s help.