Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth are used as anchors to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
To create a bridge, the existing teeth must first be recontoured to provide a base to attach the bridge to. A mold is made of these teeth, or abutments, and is sent to a dental lab where the bridge is fabricated. The bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over the abutments and a pontic which acts as a replacement for the missing tooth.
To protect the exposed gums and abutments, you will be fitted for a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. Once the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit with the dentist to permanently set the bridge. It may take a while to get used to your bridge and you should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge attached. After the intial application, you will be able to eat whatever you would like without reservations and enjoy the restoration of your smile.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Not only will a replacement be aesthetically pleasing, it could also prevent structural changest to your mouth and jaw making it difficult to eat or speak properly and cause discomfort.