If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. You will be excited to know that bridges are an excellent alternative to replace missing teeth and may be able to replace your old partial denture – eliminating the need to remove an appliance every night. Made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, these restorations will give you a long-lasting beautiful smile.
A bridge is a custom device that is bonded to neighbouring teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the artificial tooth in place. Porcelain material is the most popular choice because it is durable and maintains the natural look of your smile.
A bridge procedure usually requires two or more appointments. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment. The bridge will protect your teeth from problems stemming from missing teeth.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new bridge.
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