If you've lost a tooth or more than one, you can opt for the common restorative solution – dental bridges. They work by bridging the gap between two teeth and replacing the missing tooth with a prosthetic one.
The dental bridge is typically made up of two or more dental crowns. The dentist will attach these crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap.
The prosthetic tooth, also known as a pontic, is suspended between the two crowns and fills the gap where the natural tooth is missing.
To prepare for a dental bridge and make room for the crowns, the teeth on either side of the gap are usually filed down. An impression is then taken of the teeth and sent to the lab, where the bridge is custom-made to fit the patient's mouth.
Once the bridge is ready, the patient returns to the dentist's office for placement. The crowns are cemented onto the prepared teeth, and the pontic is suspended between them to fill the gap. The dentist will ensure that the bridge fits comfortably, looks natural, and may make any necessary adjustments before securing it.
Dental bridges help restore a patient's ability to chew and speak properly and can also improve the appearance of their smile. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years. However, like all dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced or repaired due to wear and tear..