While we hope to have all our teeth for life, sometimes injury or illness can cause a person to lose one or more teeth. While it is possible to replace teeth, the options can be quite costly, since dental insurance typically covers very little of the cost. As a result, many people do nothing. This leaves gaps in their smile, causing embarrassment.
There is an option to bridge the gaps you have in your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. A dental bridge uses a fake tooth, or pontic, that is attached to crowns and are cemented to the adjacent teeth. The pontics are typically covered with porcelain so they match the other teeth and look more realistic.
If you want to improve your smile after losing a tooth, a bridge may be the right choice for you. Replacing missing teeth is also good for your oral health since it reduces the risk of structural changes to your mouth. Plus, it makes it easier to eat your favorite foods. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact the office of Dr. Monica Gobran today to learn about your options.
The first step is to recontour the abutment teeth, which are the teeth that will be holding the pontic in place. The dentist will create abutments out of these teeth. She will also create a mold, which is then sent to the lab. The lab will fabricate a bridge customized to fit your specific mouth. The final bridge includes not only the pontic but also crowns on both ends to be placed on the abutments. It can take several weeks for your bridge to be completed, so in the interim, you will receive a temporary bridge. When the permanent bridge is ready, the dentist will cement it in place. A bridge can feel a little foreign at first. Try eating soft foods for the first few days so you can get used to it. You should be eating your normal diet again in no time.
There are four types of bridges: