A gap in your smile can impact your self-confidence, appearance, and bite. Adjacent teeth often drift into the space making it difficult to clean between them and causing your bite to become misaligned.
A fixed dental bridge is an excellent and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance used to fill a gap left behind after one or more teeth have been lost or extracted.
Some bridges replace one tooth, while others can replace several missing teeth. A bridge is anchored in place by two healthy teeth or crowns on either side of the gap.
You will need at least 2 dental visits to complete the procedure. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth. This process involves reshaping the teeth to prepare them for the placement of the crowns.
You will have an impression taken that will be used to create your custom-made bridge at a dental lab. You may be fitted with a temporary bridge or crowns during this time.
At the second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed, and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place. You may require a follow-up appointment to check the fit is comfortable and secure.
There are several types of bridges and a variety of materials to choose from such as porcelain or porcelain and metal. Your dentist can help you determine which type of bridge and materialare most suitable for your unique situation.
Your dentist will instruct you on how to care for your bridge. Practising good oral hygiene is important. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss between the bridge and your gums, and use an antiseptic mouthwash.