Bridges serve important cosmetic and functional purposes. They are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They help improve the appearance and function of the mouth so you can chew and speak easier.
Bridges can change your life. They help build your self-esteem and feel more comfortable about your smile.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented onto existing teeth to fill the gap from a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is supported by the teeth on either side of the gap.
During your first visit, the teeth beside the gap are prepared. These teeth are re-contoured by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of your teeth are made and are sent to a technician to form a model of the bridge.
While your bridge is being made, your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to protect the exposed teeth and gums. At your next appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. The bridge is then permanently cemented into place.
With good oral hygiene and care, bridges can last as long as 15 years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.