Dental bridge is a good solution for a missing tooth, especially if it effects your smile. It is a cheaper alternative to implant, however not always possible. Dental bridge consists of usually at least three crowns fused together, including a missing tooth.
How does your dentist do it? If you have healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth (or teeth), 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 dental implants may be surgically placed.
Next, your dentist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions (molds). The mold is used to custom-make the artificial tooth (or teeth) and 2 crowns as one piece. This piece is called a bridge.
While the lab technician fabricates your bridge your dentist places a temporary bridge in your mouth to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
During your second visit, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and cements the custom made bridge in your mouth. The crowns are either cemented to your 2 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. Alexandra Zemskova will recommend the most appropriate option depending on the location of your missing tooth (or teeth) 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 2 healthy teeth. An implant will prevent you from having to get your healthy teeth filed down in preparation for the crowns.