There are multiple ways to have a missing tooth replaced. Each come with their pros and cons and your dentist shall at all times consider your personal preferences and priorities when agreeing on a treatment plan with you.
Bridges have been used in prosthetic dentistry for many decades now and are a safe and highly trusted way to restore lost chewing or biting function.
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Bridges are great, when:
Your missing tooth is surrounded by natural teeth
The adjacent teeth are already damaged to some degree (filled or crowned)
Implantation is not an option for individual reasons
When slightly mobile teeth need some reinforcement.
Bridges are basically a series of crowns attached to each other. These crowns are called bridge units. Some of these units are hollow and will cap your existing teeth – these will serve as the supporting points of the future bridge. In between the hollow parts, there are dummy units that –just like the hollow ones- completely resemble natural teeth. During the preparation, your dentist will prepare your supporting teeth by filing off a small amount of the tooth material. Following this, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the fabrication begins. The dental technicians use tissue-friendly materials to create the base of the bridge that is in the later stages of manufacturing topped with multiple ceramic layers. When the bridge is ready for fitting , your dentist will fit the hollow units on your prepared teeth and cement it with a strong dental adhesive. The entire process ideally takes about 3 to 6 weeks depending on availability and the number of try-in appointments that may or may not be necessary during the process.
Bridges are strongly fitted, non-removable and are supposed to last for about 10-15 years with good maintenance and regular check-ups.
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