If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia or gold to ensure that they are strong and durable.
Two crowns are used as anchor teeth over your natural teeth. They are connected by a pontic crown, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. The first appointment consists of shaping your anchor teeth where the bridge will be attached. An impression is taken and sent to the lab. We will fit you with a temporary bridge or crowns while we wait for the lab to craft your final bridge.
The final bridge takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist from the lab. The new bridge will be placed using a cement to ensure it remains in place. Bridges are durable and you should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.