When a patient is missing one or multiple teeth, one option for replacement are dental bridges (or bridge work). Dental bridges can replace one or multiple teeth and can be made of many different materials dependent on location, esthetic needs and functional needs.
Dental Bridges work can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges literally “bridge the gap” between one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of:
- two crowns, one for each of the teeth on either side of the gap,
- and a false tooth/teeth in-between your two natural teeth or dental implants.
These false teeth are made from ceramic and are supported by your natural teeth (or implants).
The Ceramic Bridge Procedure
The dentist will begin your dental bridge work by filing down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns. Then, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be used to create the porcelain crowns.
Once the crowns are finished (crowns are made from all-ceramic materials), the false tooth (teeth) will be bonded to them. When the ceramic bridge is ready, a return visit to the dentist will be necessary to place it on the teeth. During your final visit, the dentist securely cements the crowns over the surrounding teeth to complete your smile with the dental bridge. With proper care, dental bridges will last five to seven years and, in some cases, longer.