A dental bridge, just like the name states, bridges the gap amid two teeth that is created by one or more missing tooth. A bridge contains two anchoring teeth (known as abutment teeth), present on both side of the gap, and a false tooth in the middle (also known as pontic).
Since all teeth work together by depending on each other for positioning and support, the loss of one tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift positions. The amount of shifting will depend on size of the gap and position of the tooth. The teeth on the sides of the gap will hyper erupt, and the ones behind the space will drift forward. Along with affecting the appearance of the person, this can also make the shifted teeth more susceptible to infections and decay. Along with that, they can create bite issues, affect your speech and create chewing difficulties.
A dental bridge will restore your teeth to a new like condition with an improved oral health. It will also repair and maintain the face and jaw structure. The procedure usually requires two appointments. On the first appointment, the dentist will create an impression upon which the crown, bridge and false tooth will be created. A temporary bridge will also be attached to protect the teeth and gum. On the second appointment, which will be about two weeks later, the temporary bridge will be replaced with the new permanent bridge.
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