All about bridges

Fixed bridges can restore missing teeth to their natural form, function, and appearance.

Why should missing teeth be replaced?  The two main reasons are appearance, and dental health.

Teeth adjacent to a missing tooth will tend to drift into the space.  Areas such as this can collect food and plaque easily, which can lead to decay or gum problems.  Teeth opposite the space can drift into it, causing more problems.

Two or three appointments are usually required.  At the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the space are prepared or shaped.   Preparing the teeth allows space for the finished bridge to fit over the teeth properly.  An impression is taken of the prepared teeth.  A temporary bridge is then placed, ending the first appointment.  The impression is used by a lab technician to make the bridge.  Bridges are usually made with a porcelain exterior for aesthetics and a metal interior for strength.

At the second appointment, the bridge is cemented into place.  Any excess cement is removed, completing the procedure.

Are there different types of bridges?  Yes, each patient’s case is unique and your options will be discussed.

Do bridges require special care?  It is important to maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing.  You will receive instructions on how to properly maintain your new, fixed bridge.

Talk to your dentist to determine if a bridge is the right solution for you.