A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth! Most dental bridges need support at either end so fitting a bridge requires the support of the adjacent teeth, called abutments. Abutments serve as anchors to the bridge, they are trimmed down and capped with a crown to hold the bridge securely.
Who Needs Dental Bridges
Missing a tooth and having a gap in between your teeth isn’t just unsightly, it can lead to complications. Without something to occupy the gap, teeth adjacent to the gap will begin to shift. This shift alters and affects the bite. This may lead to gum disorders and possibly jaw joint disorders.
Bridges serve a number of purposes:
- Restoring a healthy bite to facilitate chewing
- Maintaining the shape of your face, preventing lip or face collapse
- Improving your smile
- Reducing stress on other teeth from a misaligned bite
- Restoring self-confidence after an accident or injury
- Prevents remaining teeth from shifting into a gap
Dental bridges are available as fixed or removable appliances. Whether they are fixed or removable, bridges look indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Two appointments will have to be scheduled in order prepare and place the crown.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are recontoured. This involves removing a portion of the enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of the teeth are made to serve as a model for creating the dental bridge. Dr. Shauna Lee will make a temporary bridge in order to cover and protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge is checked and adjusted to fit your smile. In the case of a fixed bridge, Dr. Shauna Lee will attach it to the abutment teeth. For removable bridges, clasps will be affixed to the abutment teeth to hold them in place.