A dental bridge can be a great solution to replace missing teeth. A bridge physically ‘bridges’ the gap created by your missing teeth by latching onto the surrounding teeth. It consists of a false tooth connected to crowns that will be placed on each side of the bridged teeth. With a bridge, your missing tooth will be replaced and will match the rest of your teeth, restoring your smile completely.
What are bridges?
A bridge is a method for replacing missing teeth. A bridge is made up of a false tooth and crowns. The false tooth will go in the space where your tooth is missing and will connect to crowns that will be placed on your surrounding teeth. This is an easy way to replace a lost tooth and restore your smile back to its original glow. With multiple options for materials, bridges can be tooth-colored or made of metal. Bridges are durable and long-lasting.
What is the process of getting a bridge?
First, your dentist will prepare your surrounding teeth to receive the anchoring crowns. This will require the dentist to decrease the size of the teeth that will be crowned so the crowns can fit comfortably over the teeth. Then, the dentist will take an impression of those teeth and the space where your bridge will go. This impression will be sent to a lab so your bridge can be constructed. The bridge sits between two crowns that will attach to your natural teeth. This support system will hold the bridge in place and provide great stability. The bridge and crowns will have a natural look and be durable and long-lasting.
How long does a bridge last?
Bridges can last a similar amount of time as a traditional crown, between 5 and 15 years, or even longer. The better you care for your teeth and bridge, the more likely they will last longer. Check in with your dentist regularly to monitor the health of your bridge and to make plans for its replacement when the time comes.
What do I do after my bridge is placed?
It may take you some time to get used to your bridge. Like anything new in your mouth, it may feel awkward or bulky at first. For the first few days after getting your bridge placed, restrict yourself to eating soft foods, as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. Your speech may be slightly affected, but you’ll soon adjust to the bridge.