The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge, and after the abutments are created, a mold is taken of the area and sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while waiting for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and exposed gum areas, and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit to set the bridge with an adhesive to ensure its stability on your teeth.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days, it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat anything you like, with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Aside from the aesthetic disadvantages, missing a tooth can also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, making difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment with us today to restore your smile.