BRIDGING THE GAP
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created in your mouth when you have one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in between. Bridges are most often used in cases when there is not enough supporting structure for a dental implant. Over the past ten years, newer materials have greatly improved the appearance and functionality of dental bridges and the procedure can be completed in a few simple visits to our dental center.
If a dental bridge is part of your treatment plan, we will follow these procedures:
- Following your initial exam, we work to prepare the adjacent teeth which will support the bridge. Preparation will include either shaping these teeth down, or building them up.
- Next, we take an impression of the prepared teeth, and create a model: a temporary bridge you’ll use until the permanent bridge is ready to be fitted.
- Your permanent bridge will be crafted by a skilled lab technician to fit precisely. If it is near the front of the mouth, we will use a solid porcelain restoration. For less visible bridges behind the ‘smile line,’ we can employ a zarconia-supported porcelain for even greater strength.
- On your second visit, we fit and cement your permanent bridge!
Dental bridges can last between 5 to 15 years, and many bridges last even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is common for a fixed bridge to successfully last over 10 years.