Bridging the Dental Gap
A bridge is a treatment option for someone who is missing a tooth or someone with a gap in between their teeth. It literally “bridges the gap” in between teeth. These are recommended as an alternative to implants. A bridge is comprised of two crowns on either side of the missing tooth. A false tooth, known as a pontic, is attached to the other crowns to create one piece that is cemented to the adjacent teeth.
Our bridges are made only of the highest quality of material and are an excellent non-surgical alternative to implants.
What Does a Bridge Do?
- Fill in spaces and restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew or speak
- Distribute the forces of your bite properly
- Prevent shifting of teeth
- Maintain the shape of your face
What is the process for getting a bridge?
During the first visit, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, called the abutment teeth are prepared for crowns. Preparation requires removing some of the enamel to recontour the teeth to make room for crowns to fit on top. After the teeth are prepared, an impression is made of the teeth to custom make your bridge to fit and match your teeth. A temporary bridge will then be made to protect your teeth while your final bridge is being made.
During the next visit, your temporary bridge is removed and your new bridge is tried in and adjusted to ensure proper fit. If the fit looks good, the bridge is cemented into place and you have your missing tooth replaced!
How to Clean Under a Dental Bridge
Like all dental work, it is important to keep it clean so it can last for years to come. If kept clean, bridges can for last 10-20 years! Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader and Superfloss to clean under it to keep your gums and teeth around the bridge healthy and strong!
For more information, or to schedule a consult, book an appointment with us today!