If you have a gap in your teeth because you are missing one or more teeth, you might consider restoring your smile with a dental bridge. This dental prosthetic connects to two dental crowns, filling in the space where teeth are missing.
If you are in Elk Grove Village, you can ask your dentist at Elk Grove Smile Center about bridges. But first, read ahead to find out more about the dental bridge procedure and what you might expect.
What Is Involved with Getting a Dental Bridge?
The dental bridge process will take place over a series of appointments with your dentist.
- The first step in getting a dental bridge begins with reshaping the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile so they can be fitted for dental crowns. The false tooth or teeth will be connected to the crowns, filling in the place where your natural teeth are missing.
- Next, an impression will be made of the prepared teeth and the gap so custom crowns and a bridge can be fabricated. Both the bridge and the crowns will be created to fit into your mouth precisely. While you wait for them to be made, you’ll be fit with a temporary bridge to fill in the empty space.
It usually takes a few weeks for your permanent bridge to be made.
- Once your bridge is ready, you’ll go back to the dentist for the bridge to be placed. Putting the bridge into place will involve some adjustment on the part of the dentist to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your bite in any way.
How Long Will a Dental Bridge Last?
If you take good care of your new bridge, it can last 10 or more years. It’s especially important to take care of the area around the crown portion of your bridge because cavities can form there. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings.