Filling the Space Between Teeth
Bridges are used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. A bridge is usually made by having a crowned tooth on either side of a missing tooth with a fake tooth in the middle. Bridges are cemented in place and give the appearance that you are not missing a tooth. Like crowns, bridges are made either completely of porcelain, a combination of porcelain and metal, or completely in gold. The procedure is basically the same for a bridge as it is for a crown. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth are prepared and an accurate impression is taken of the area. The impression is sent to the lab where the technician will fabricate a bridge custom to your mouth. A temporary bridge is worn while the lab makes the bridge. Approximately 2 weeks later, the temporary bridge is removed and replaced with the final restoration. The bridge is cemented in place with a cement and is not meant to be removed. It is important for bridges to be strong because they take a lot of load from the bite.
An alternative to a bridge is an implant. Implants are usually the best option for replacing missing teeth but everyone is different so please ask Riverside Heights Dental in Surrey, BC what option is suitable for you.
Contact Riverside Heights Dental in Surrey BC for more information on bridges for your mouth.