Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where a tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
How Bridges Are Created
The process of creating a dental bridge begins by forming abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are re-contoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken of the area which is sent to our lab. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary dental bridge while we wait for the lab to make your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr. Sarwan will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
After You Receive Your Bridge
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
Who Should Consider a Bridge
If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment with Mystic Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Wesley Chapel today to restore your smile. We offer cosmetic dentistry to our patients so that they can enjoy a healthy and stunning smile.