Bridges are fixed, custom-made dental restorations created to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A missing tooth is something that should be taken seriously as nearby teeth can shift and parts of your jawbone can start to die. It may also affect your bite and put more stress on your jaw and remaining teeth.
A bridge consists of a false tooth called a pontic that replaces your missing tooth surrounded by joint crowns for the neighboring teeth. Bridges can be made to match the exact color of your natural teeth and can maintain your bite as well as prevent remaining teeth from shifting.
Typically, the process of getting a bridge requires two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth, take impressions and records, and finish your temporary bridge. It takes about 10-15 days for the laboratory to create your bridge.
During your second appointment, your dentist will place your permanent bridge and make sure everything looks symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing and is functional. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, the bridge might be larger with more than three units.
Bridgework needs the same proper care as your natural teeth would with regular checkups, cleanings, and at home oral hygiene.
An alternative to traditional bridgework that is supported by natural teeth is implants. Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth without harming the neighboring teeth. If you are missing all or most of your teeth, implants are the best alternative to restore your smile.
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