Bridging The Gap

A common way to replace missing teeth is with dental bridges. Bridges are made from a few different materials. Typically they are made from metal, alloys, gold or porcelain, which are materials that will keep them strong and durable. Your natural teeth are used with bridges. A lateral bridge will be created from one tooth to another to cross the area where your tooth is missing.



Creating bridges starts by making abutments out of your existing teeth in the area where the bridge will be attached. The teeth are then re-contoured to create a base for the bridge. Once the abutments are made, a mold is taken and sent to a lab to be made. The lab will then make a bridge using the mold sent to them. It should then fit correctly and have a natural feel in your mouth. The bridge is made up of two crowns where the abutments are placed along with a pontic, the new tooth that will be put in the place of the missing one.

While the bridge is being made in the lab, a temporary bridge will be put in to place. This helps to keep the abutments and the exposed gum area protected. It will also have a nicer aesthetic than having a missing tooth. Once your permanent bridge is made, you’ll have the follow up visit to set the bridge. The bridge will be attached to the abutments using an adhesive to ensure the bridge is set.


Post-Op Expectation

It will take some time for you to get used to the bridge, but soon it will feel normal almost as if you had your own teeth back in place. For the first few days after having your bridge placed, it is recommended that you eat soft foods. Having a missing tooth is aesthetically unpleasant, and it can also create structural changes to your mouth and jaw. Some people even have trouble eating or speaking properly.


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