A bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth makes it easier to chew. It can improve your appearance and help keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. Missing teeth can allow other neighboring teeth to shift, leading to a poor bite and a higher risk of gum disease.
A fixed bridge is one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth. Once the bridge is in place, it is not meant to be removed. A bridge can be made of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, or a combination of the two. Your dentist will suggest the best material for your mouth.
To get started on your bridge, the teeth on both sides of the space to be filled, are reduced and shaped. These reshaped teeth hold crowns that support the bridge. Next, impressions are taken of the teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab and your bridge is made. This process takes 2 - 3 weeks. During this time, you will have a temporary bridge to protect your reshaped teeth. When the bridge is returned, it is placed in your mouth. When the dentist feels the bridge is a good fit and shape, it is cemented in place.
Living with your Bridge
Your new bridge can help make chewing comfortable again. You will feel more confident about your smile. Take the time to care for your teeth. Keep your mouth healthy and your teeth will stay looking and feeling good.