What is a bridge? Well, no, we are not talking about an overpass where cars are able to cross over water barriers. We are talking about dental bridges! Though similar in theory, a dental bridge literally bridges a gap created by missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap which anchors a false tooth or teeth being placed between. Dental bridges are kept in place and supported by natural teeth and implants.
A visit to the dentist to see if a dental bridge is appropriate for you might be a good option if you are not comfortable with your current appearance. A dental bridge can restore your smile, prevent remaining teeth from shifting, replace missing teeth, maintain the shape of your face, and allow you to properly chew and speak.
How is a dental bridge done? A few visits will be made for the dental bridge process. The first step is to anchor the teeth that have to be prepared. The preparation process involves removing a portion of enamel to make room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of your teeth are then made to be used as a model. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear so that exposed teeth and gums are protected while the bridge is being made. During your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the actual bridge will be inserted. The new bridge will be checked and adjusted so that it is able to fit properly, and once it is certain that the bridge fits properly, your dentist will cement the bridge into place.
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, it is possible that they come loose or fall out. By practicing good oral hygiene, going for regular check-up’s with your dentist, and avoiding “hard” foods such as candy will lessen the chances of this happening. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease so keeping your teeth and gums healthy should be a number one priority!