A dental bridge is a fixed false tooth (pontic) which is used to replace a missing tooth. It essentially bridges the gap between two teeth. Reasons for getting dental bridges can be one of the following:
- Filling the space of a missing tooth
- Preventing the existing teeth from moving out of their positions
- Restoring the ability to speak properly
- Restoring your smile
- Keeping the proper shape of the face
- Getting back the ability to chew properly
Dental bridges come in a variety of forms depending on the material used. The most common type is the one made from porcelain that's fused with metal. They are also called traditional dental bridges and are usually used when you still have teeth on both sides of the gap.
Another benefit of dental bridges is the fact that they are very durable. They can last for many years, but at some point, they will have to be re-cemented or even replaced as they wear out over time.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Getting a dental bridge usually requires two or more visits to your dentist's office. First, your dentist prepares your tooth by removing a portion of the enamel to make space for the bridge. Then they make an accurate mold of your teeth, which is used to make the bridge.
The dentist also creates a temporary bridge for you to wear until the permanent one is made. Then the next time you visit, they remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one, adjusting it carefully to make it fit perfectly. In some cases, more visits are required to fit the bridge properly. It depends on the person, their teeth, and the bridge itself.
Upon completion, your dentist will also explain how to care for your new bridge using regular dental hygiene. It's necessary for extending the life of the dental bridge.