WHY A BRIDGE?
If you are missing a tooth, you may want to consider having it replaced. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used as retainers to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. They are permanently cemented to your retainers and provide strong biting surfaces.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments or an attachment of artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, via a bridge. 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 and then 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.
If you choose a fixed bridge, we will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been fabricated, you will have a second appointment to insert and cement the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr. Say or Dr. Palencar will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set. Fixed bridges offer more stability and are very difficult to remove.
AFTER THE BRIDGE
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a week it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After this initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
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