Missing teeth can affect not only your ability to chew, but your comfort
level in smiling and talking as well as your self-esteem. Our oral cavity
functions best when all of our teeth are in place and working together
to properly bite and chew our food, and speak clearly. Unfortunately,
tooth loss is an occurrence for many adults, whether from accidents or
decay or even periodontal disease. If you are only missing one or two
teeth, replacing them is as easy as building a bridge. A dental bridge, that is.
Dental bridgework has been around for ages. The ancient Romans in the third
century performed bridgework with gold and ivory, and those materials
were even used in colonial America, as George Washington had dentures
with ivory teeth and gold castings. Today’s bridges are manufactured
from the highest quality metals and the choicest porcelain on the market.
Bridgework can even be made to not only match the shade of your teeth
but their exact shape, as well. Technology has become so advanced that
a single bridge can be carved out of one large piece of porcelain!
To have a bridge placed, it all starts with your missing tooth. Bridgework
can be performed on a tooth that has been missing for years, or to replace
a tooth at the time of its extraction. Once the tooth is out, the dentist
will take an impression of the upper and lower teeth using a flowable
impression material in metal trays that fit each of your arches. The teeth
surrounding the space where the missing tooth once was are drilled down,
or prepared, so that they can support the abutment crowns. Then another
impression is taken with the prepared abutment teeth. A temporary bridge
is fabricated out of a strong acrylic material and is cemented onto your
The dental team will send your impressions to a dental laboratory that
specializes in making prosthetics for teeth. The dentist will include
the shade of your existing teeth so that the technicians at the lab can
match your new bridge to the color of your teeth. In about two weeks,
your new bridge arrives and your dentist will check to ensure it fits
properly, and then cements it onto the two abutment teeth and the pontic,
or “fake” tooth, is fused in the middle to replace your missing
tooth. Dental bridgework looks so lifelike that most people will not even
know you were ever missing a tooth.
If you are interested in replacing a missing tooth with beautiful dental
bridgework, call us at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. today! We can help you
restore your smile!