Anchored by teeth on each side of the gap, a bridge is one or more false teeth permanently attached to your mouth. Bridges bring back the functionality and look of your original teeth and are generally given to patients who have one or more missing teeth.
Why Get a Bridge
Missing teeth can cause multiple issues, including speech changes, bite alterations and shifting teeth, a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and even potentially changing the way your jawbone supports your cheeks and lips. Bridges can mitigate all these issues as well as restore your smile to where it should be.
Benefits of a Bridge
Obviously, keeping your own teeth is ideal. Still, when you lose a tooth or teeth, a bridge may be the best thing for you. Bridges:
- Are more stable than a partial denture, making chewing easier and better.
- Can replace multiple teeth at once rather than replacing them individually.
- Can combine a crown procedure with a bridge, when one or both of the anchor teeth could benefit from a crown.
What to Expect when Getting a Bridge
Getting a bridge is done over the course of two appointments. On your first appointment, we’ll give you a full exam that includes removing any infection or decay. Next, we’ll reshape the teeth that will anchor the bridge. We’ll make an impression that will soon mold the bridge and install temporary or CEREC® crowns to the anchor teeth.
When your bridge is ready (normally 2-3 weeks after your first appointment), you’ll return for your second appointment, during which we fit and mount the bridge to your mouth. After confirming your natural bite and color, we permanently cement the bridge in place.
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