What is a Dental Bridge?
As the name implies, a dental bridge is a natural-looking restoration that 'bridges' a gap of missing teeth in your mouth.
A dental bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth together as a solid piece that is then affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap to fill the space.
A bridge helps to prevent your other teeth from shifting positions to fill the space, which has the potential to cause more serious dental issues later on including gum disease.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The bridge procedure typically requires two dental appointments. First, your dentist will clean and re-contour your teeth. At this stage, your dentist will create an impression of your teeth and have it sent away to a lab that will then create your new bridge.
Once it's ready, your dentist will place your dental bridge by permanently bonding it to your existing natural teeth, implants, or crowns that have already been placed for this purpose.
Why Dental Bridges May Be Used
Your dental bridge will be custom-made for your mouth. The precise fit gives your teeth a smooth, natural look.
Bridges can help restore the natural contour of your teeth, as well as the bite between your upper and lower teeth.
A bridge may contribute to preserving your general oral health and protecting your smile.