A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. This bridge is supported by two porcelain crowns on either side of the edentulous area, so it “bridges the gap.” The replacement tooth is held in place by the crowns on either side of it. They call this a fixed bridge and it should last over 10 years when it is properly cared for.
A bridge’s purpose is the same as an implant. There is always a gap when a tooth falls out or is removed, and depending on your individual circumstances, you may not have the resources to replace it with an implant. A bridge is cost effective, but is not considered permanent like an implant, and has a shorter lifespan. You must be diligent with your home dental routine to take care of a bridge.
A missing tooth can be the worst thing to happen, especially when you can’t afford to have an implant done. Or maybe you just can’t get one because bone loss has occurred to a significant extent. A bridge will be the perfect alternative for you. Missing a tooth is a serious condition because it can cause adjacent teeth to move into the area, cause gum disease and even additional loss of teeth. If you don’t want any of these things to happen, you are the perfect candidate.
A local anesthetic will be used so that no discomfort is felt. At this appointment, the teeth that are “bridging the gap” are reduced slightly in all dimensions, so that crowns can fit over them. The crowns will be made from impressions that we take, and a dental lab will construct the bridge. While you are waiting for your new bridge, you will be fitted with a temporary one. During the delivery appointment, the temporary bridge is replaced by the permanent one, cemented in for proper adhesion.
You don’t have to worry about that tooth any more! Resume your normal daily life. If you find that you are sensitive to heat or cold, rest assured this is a normal and usually temporary reaction to the procedure, but you can always call us with any questions.
What to Expect
Step up your game when it comes to your oral hygiene at home. A bridge must be cared for just like your other teeth. It is even more important to maintain healthy habits such as regular brushing after meals, flossing and preventative dental visits on a regular schedule which is recommended to be every 3 to 6 months.