A bridge replaces missing teeth by suspending an artificial tooth between two crowns. It is cemented as one unit to the healthy natural teeth on either side of a space. Bridges can replace more than one missing tooth. It is not removable and functions like your natural teeth.
Replacement of lost teeth is important.
Missing teeth should be replaced. A bridge is an excellent way to do this. Filling the space prevents other complications by maintaining proper alignment between the teeth and in the opposing jaw. All teeth are required in your mouth.
When spaces are present, your teeth drift. Changes in the bite may cause problems with chewing, muscle spasms of the head and neck or jaw joint (TMJ). If enough back teeth are missing, the front teeth may start to wear down.
How is a bridge made?
A custom tray is made from preliminary models of your teeth.
The teeth on either side of the space are prepared by reducing tooth structure, which allows space for the bridge. An impression of this preparation is sent to a lab where they create a custom bridge. This process takes two weeks.
At the preparation appointment a temporary bridge is made to protect your teeth and to prevent shifting while your bridge is being made. At the delivery appointment your bridge is cemented into place.
A bridge should last for many years with proper home care and regular check ups.