A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space when one or more teeth are missing. The bridge helps restore your bite, keeps the natural shape of your mouth, and holds your teeth in place.
Teeth are made to work together, when you have a missing tooth the teeth can change into the empty space, a bridge helps prevent this so it does not shift your jaw, teeth, affect your bite, or possibly cause pain.
When a tooth is missing the bone may shrink, which will change the jawbone, lips, and cheeks. As other teeth move it can be harder to clean, which is will put you at risk for tooth decay and gum diseases.
Our dentist prepares and examines the teeth on both sides of the gap to attach the bridge to the teeth. Then we take impressions of your teeth to create a bridge. A temporary bridge is placed while the permanent bridge is being customized for your mouth. When it is ready our dentist, fit, adjust, and cements the bridge to the teeth.
Dental implants may be used to support the bridge. Implants are posts that are placed into the jaw through surgery. Over time the bone grows around the implants, which help hold them in place.
Follow these tips for good oral health for your dental bridge: