teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space a bridge
is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth. When there has been the
loss of a tooth or teeth and there is a tooth on either side of the open
space, replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for
the 2 teeth on either side of the open space. This is called a bridge because
it bridges the open space.
a tooth is lost 5 or more other teeth may drift so it is essential to place
a replacement tooth as soon as possible. The space left from missing teeth
may cause one of several problems. Teeth may drift into the space changing
your bite, this changed bite may result in sore jaws, gum disease, or decay
(due to more difficult hygiene).
bridge is used to replace one or several teeth. The teeth on each end of
the space is used to as anchors (abutments). Bridges are not removable
by the patient. As with other types of crowns (caps), a bridge can be made
of metal or porcelain, or a combination of these two.
To prepare a bridge,
diagnostic models are taken to study the optimum way to perform this procedure.
After studies are completed, the teeth used to attach the bridge are carefully
reshaped. Impressions are taken and from these impressions, the bridge
is made by a certified dental technician. This laboratory time is usually
2 to 3 weeks - during this time a temporary acrylic bridge is cemented
Brush and floss daily
all areas around the bridge .It is not possible to floss between the replacement
tooth and the attaching crowns (it is made as a solid piece). In order
to solve this problem - it is necessary to use a special type of floss
to go under the replacement tooth and keep this area of gum tissue healthy.