A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth that fills in the gap for any tooth or teeth that are missing. It typically consists of two or more crowns that are placed on either side of the space where you have missing teeth. They are very sturdy and often look and feel like your natural teeth.
Why do I need a bridge for missing teeth?
Your teeth work together to maintain their alignment. When one tooth is missing, the teeth around it can start to shift and change alignment, changing the shape of your face and jawline, as well as eventually causing pain.
How is a bridge placed?
Depending on the current structure of your teeth, your dentist may either place a fixed bridge or an implant-supported bridge. If the existing teeth around the area where your tooth is missing are structurally sound, your dentist can use those existing teeth to place your bridge. This involves preparing your teeth on both sides of the gap, making an impression of the space and then going through the process of fitting and attaching your bridge. This often takes more than one dental visit. If your surrounding teeth are not able to support a bridge, your dentist may opt for an implant-supported bridge, where dental implants are placed into the jaw to hold your bridge.
How do I take care of my bridge?
After dental treatment, you will receive all the information you need to prevent any complications with your bridge. Like most dental treatments, you can care for your bridge by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, being careful to clean between your teeth and under the bridge. This, paired with your regular dental visits, can help maintain the structure of your bridge, as well as help you keep a healthy smile.