If you’ve lost two or more teeth in the same part of your mouth, you might want to consider getting a bridge. A bridge is essentially a new tooth often made from ceramic or porcelain. The bridge is anchored in place by crowns on two of the surrounding teeth.
Without a bridge in place, the surrounding teeth can begin to rotate or move to fill the gap, which results in an incorrect bite. This can also lead to other problems including tooth fractures and gum disease.
The two crowns anchoring the bridge are called abutments. The dentist will remove some of the enamel of the natural teeth, leaving a small post shape around the root of the tooth. They will then make an impression of the abutments before covering them with temporary crowns.
The impression is sent off to a dental laboratory where a permanent bridge is then made.
Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to fit the permanent bridge in place.
The bridge has the potential to last the rest of your life, assuming the abutment teeth remain healthy. Regular brushing and flossing help reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease. If left unchecked for too long, it can lead to bone loss in the teeth anchoring the bridge. This can cause the bridge to fail.
If you are missing two or more teeth in one part of your mouth or if you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at (404) 321-4588 to schedule an appointment.