What are Dental Bridges and What do they Do?

If you are missing teeth, or even one tooth, the dentist might recommend the use of a dental bridge to close the gap. The problem with having gaps between teeth is that the teeth can start to shift into the empty spaces and cause a bad bite. This, in turn, can lead to developing gum disease or problems with the jaws due to the abnormal bite.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is often used to replace missing teeth. They are created to span the gap over the area where teeth are missing. A bridge is attached to natural teeth or implants using a special cement. The teeth act sort of like an anchor and help hold the bridge stable and in place. A bridge can be matched to natural tooth color so they are not apparent. By bridging the gap, a normal bite is restored and oral health is maintained.

How is a bridge made?

In order for a bridge to fit in the space properly, the teeth will have to be smaller. Once the teeth are resized, the dentist will make an impression so they can create a bridge that fits properly. A bridge is made from the impression, then it is cemented to the permanent teeth. While you are waiting for the bridge to be made, the dentist will probably place a temporary bridge to hold the spot. The temporary bridge will be easily removed and the permanent bridge cemented in place.