Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal alloys, zirconium, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth on either side of the space are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, Dr. Furniss will take a digital impression of the area which is then either used to create the bridge in our office or sent to a dental lab. Usually Dr. Furniss will use his computer 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. In some cases Dr. Furniss will decide that your bridge needs some metal reinforcement for strength, and we will send your digital impression to our lab for fabrication.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the 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 seat the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr. Furniss will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
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 whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.