What is a Tooth Bridge?
A tooth bridge is a glued on replica that replaces a missing tooth.
- A dental bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain to fill in the area left by a missing tooth.
- The two holding it in place are attached over the teeth on each side of the false tooth.
This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial denture, but are stuck down permanently. It’s a comfortable treatment option, comprised of porcelain. The teeth are sharp and strong – much stronger than the plastic teeth found on a denture and needless to say, are more comfortable than a denture too.
Bridges have been used for many years. Before implants, they were the ideal treatment alternative to missing teeth.
They are a cost effective option compared to implants – especially when more than one tooth needs replacing.
Bridges are clinically proven, traditional alternatives to implants.
- There will be a minimum of 2 appointments.
- At the first visit, your teeth next to the gap are prepared and an impressions of your teeth is taken.
- We will make you a temporary bridge to wear to protect your teeth.
- At your second appointment, your new bridge will be permanently cemented into place.
- With the temporary bridge, your dentist will advise you to avoid eating hard or sticky foods.
- When the permanent bridge is inserted, slight discomfort may be felt for the first few days. Soft foods are recommended for this period of time.
- Maintaining good oral hygiene will extend the life of your bridge such as brushing and flossing daily.