All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age. But if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss. A bridge is a very popular and effective way to replace teeth in these types of situations.
What is a Dental Bridge?A bridge is a number of crowns connected together. The anchoring crowns (at each end) are attached to your natural teeth and serve to keep the bridge in place.
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Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Glass will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab where the bridge will be constructed.
On the following appointment, bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge. Dr. Glass ensures a proper fit of the bridge. Some minor adjustments may have to be made.
It is crucial to maintain health of the supporting teeth and the gums under the bridge.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance since the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.