Bridges are non-removable, artificial teeth (prostheses) that are just like real teeth, and meant to replace one or more missing, natural teeth. To replace a single tooth for instance, a bridge would be created that has one synthetic tooth surrounded by a crown on each side to secure the synthetic tooth in the middle. The teeth on either side are used to attach the bridge, and serve as an anchor for the bridge. Bridges improve the appearance, shape and alignment of teeth. You can choose between porcelain or ceramic bridges, all matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Before a bridge can be placed in your mouth, the surrounding teeth must be reduced in size. Once they are at the desired size, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth in order to create a comfortable, natural looking bridge. These impressions will be sent to a lab where the bridge is made. After the bridge has been made at the lab and is sent back to the dentist office, it is ready to be cemented onto the teeth. Unlike dentures, a bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
With good oral hygiene, a bridge can last more than 15 years and possibly even a lifetime. Making sure you have regular check-ups and hygiene appointments is key to helping your bridges last. Although they can last a very long time, it is not unusual for them to occasionally come loose or fall out. You can ensure the longevity of your bridge by brushing and flossing every day as well as staying away from eating hard foods.
When you are missing a tooth, gaps left by the missing tooth may cause the surrounding teeth to eventually shift and move into the gap, which can cause a bad bite. This can also increase your risk of gum disease or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ).
Click here for a complete list of services offered at Oasispark Dental.