A dental bridge is a good solution for a missing tooth, if it affects your smile. It is a cheaper alternative to implants, but not always possible. Bridges usually consist of at least three crowns fused together.
How does your dentist do it? If you have healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth, your dentist files down two healthy teeth to prepare them for the bridge. If you don’t have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support a bridge, then a dental implant may be surgically placed to provide proper support for the bridge.
Dr. Zemskova makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions (moulds). The mould is used to custom-make the artificial tooth (or teeth) and two crowns as one piece. This piece is called a bridge.
While our lab technicians fabricate your bridge, Dr. Zemskova will place a temporary bridge in your mouth to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
During your second visit, Dr. Zemskova will remove your temporary bridge and will cement the custom-made bridge in your mouth. The crowns are either cemented to your two healthy teeth or attached to your dental implants on each side of the missing tooth (or teeth).
Types of bridges
There are different types of dental bridges. Dr. Zemskova will recommend the most appropriate option depending on the location of your missing tooth and the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums.
Traditional bridges are used if there are natural teeth on each side of the gap where the tooth is missing. As an alternative to a bridge, Dr. Zemskova may suggest a single implant to replace a missing tooth between two healthy teeth. An implant will prevent you from having to get your healthy teeth filed down in preparation for the crowns.