Bridges are dental restorations that are designed to replace one or more teeth that are missing due to decay, trauma or other causes. A bridge is composed of a strong metal framework attached to one or more artificial teeth or crowns. The artificial teeth can be custom tinted and shaped, so they blend perfectly with the neighboring teeth for a completely natural appearance. Bridges are attached to the teeth left on either side of the gap left by missing teeth, either using strong dental adhesives for a permanent attachment or using special clips which allow the bridge to be removed for cleaning. The teeth used to support the bridge are covered by crowns or caps to protect them from wear and tear and the additional force exerted by the bridge when chewing or biting.
Bridges usually take two office visits for completion. During the first visit, the teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared to receive crowns that surround the tooth and provide extra protection and strength. During this process, a small amount of tooth material will be removed to make room for the crown, so it fits comfortably. Next, an impression will be made of your teeth to serve as a model for both the bridge and the crowns. The impression will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Temporary crowns will be applied to protect your teeth while you wait for the permanent bridge and crowns to be made. At the second visit, the temporary crowns will be removed, and the permanent crowns and bridge will be placed and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
Bridges are designed to be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure they stay in good shape. At your second visit, you'll receive complete instructions on how to care for your bridge and the teeth that support it.
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