Dental bridges have been used for years to replace lost/missing teeth. The teeth adjacent to the space were prepared (reduced in size) to act as abutments to anchor and support the replacement tooth, these were cemented permanently (not removable). These bridges were made of gold, non-prescious metal and porcelain in any combination.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create the bridge to fill the space and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge between your visits (usually 2-4 appointments). This will protects the areas giving you full esthetics and function. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge.
The bridge may take a short while to adjust to, but should feel quite normal within a few days. You may return to normal usage immediatly
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage there is an ongoing structural changes to the mouth and jaw, as well as a digestion and speech problems that may occur.*
*However, there are other restorative methods for missing teeth especially if the teet hadjacent to the missing one have no or very little fillings, then you don't want to cut down heathy tooth structure. (see implants)