The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
Many times a temporary bridge will be fabricated for you to wear while the dental lab constructs the permanent bridge. This will protect the abutment teeth and the exposed gum areas. Once the permanent bridge has been finalized, you will have a follow up visit to permanently cement the bridge into place.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, a dental bridge may be a very effective way to resotore your teeth. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, these spaces can cause other teeth to shift, resulting in changes to the normal way you bite. We will be glad to set up a consultation appointment and show you various bridge examples and how you might benefit from replacing a missing tooth/teeth.