Having a missing tooth can affect the way you eat, speak, and smile. A dental bridge can help fill in the gap and restore the appearance of your natural teeth. Our dentists in Novi want you to feel confident about your oral health.
Here’s what you need to know about dental bridges.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are held in place by crowns on what are called the “abutment teeth.” Dental bridges are often referred to as “fixed partial dentures,” as they serve the same purpose as partial dentures while being permanently fixed in the mouth.
A dental bridge looks natural and prevents your teeth from shifting over time to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. Dental bridges can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
Dental bridges need to be custom-made to fit your teeth, so there are a few steps to the procedure. One of our dentists will need to file down the teeth on either side of the gap so that the crown portion of the restoration can fit over them. Then, we will take dental impressions so the lab can create your bridge. While you wait for your bridge, we’ll place a temporary restoration in its place to protect your teeth.
When you return for your second appointment, your permanent dental bridge will be ready. We’ll replace your temporary bridge with the permanent one, attaching it to the abutment teeth. We can make some adjustments to ensure that the dental bridge fits properly against the rest of your teeth, although it might feel awkward at first.
Acan last a decade with proper care. Brush and floss the area daily, and try to avoid any foods that could pull at or break the restoration. If your dental bridge does break, call our office right away.