What is a Bridge?
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
A bridge attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are permanently attached by either placing crowns on the natural teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the natural teeth.
A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink, your face to look older, speech disorders, and increased risk of gum disease.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced.
What to expect when getting a bridge?
Fitting a bridge requires at least two visits to our office. First visit we remove decay, shape the tooth, take impression of the tooth and fit it with a temporary crown. During the second visit we remove the temporary crown and cement the final crown.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes will be needed to clean under the bridge.