Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.   A bridge is made up of crowns for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth, these anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) support a false tooth/teeth (pontic) which is attached in between.  Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.  You and Dr Meyer will discuss the best option for you. 


Reasons for Dental Bridges:

* Restore your smile by filling the space of missing teeth

* Restore the ability to properly chew and speak

* Maintain the shape of your face

* Distribute the forces in your bite properly

* Prevent teeth from drifting out of position

* Prevent TMJ problems or bite collapse


The Process

Placing a bridge usually requires two or more visits.  During the first visit the abutment teeth are prepared.  Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.  Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge (pontic and crowns) will be made by a dental lab.  We will fabricate a temporary bridge to  protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to ensure a proper fit.   Dr Meyer may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting comfortably.   After a couple of weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.


How should I care for my temporary bridge?

Because temporary dental bridge are just that — a temporary fix until a permanent bridge is ready —  we suggest a few precautions:

*Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the bridge.

*Minimize use of the area of your mouth where the temporary is placed.  Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.

*Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the bridge.

*When flossing slide out the side-rather than lifting up/down-when cleaning your teeth.  Lifting the floss up/down, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary bridge.  We will demonstrate different techniques for maintaining your temporary bridge as well as the permanent bridge at your appointment.