A dental bridge works to replace any section of missing teeth by allowing adjacent teeth to act as a natural bridge holding false teeth in the space of the missing tooth gaps. A bridge can not only provide aesthetic benefits, but benefits in eating, chewing, and speaking properly as well, and although they may take some getting used to, dental bridges are full of advantages.
A dental bridge must be durable and sturdy, and this is why we use gold, metal alloys, and porcelain in all of our individually crafted bridges at Stony Brook Family Dentistry.
The first step in the bridge creation process is making abutments from your existing teeth, as these will be the teeth used to anchor and hold on to the bridge being attached. The teeth will be re-contoured a bit, and a mold will be taken and set to our professional lab to ensure your bridge will not only fit correctly, but feel natural when used along with your natural teeth. When the bridge comes back from the lab, you’ll find that it consists of two crowns to go onto the two abutment teeth, and a pontic tooth to act as your new tooth replacement.
Once your bridge is placed, you’ll want to take care to pay attention to all aftercare instructions. During the first few days to the first week post-bridge placement, you’ll want to stick to eating only soft foods as your teeth get used to their new crowns, and you get used to chewing with your new bridge. It is normal for the bridge to feel somewhat foreign in the mouth for this short while, but we find that it takes very little time for the device to begin feeling as comfortable as your natural teeth once did.
Once the first week period is over, you can then begin treating your bridge just as you would treat your natural teeth. You will be able to chew, to speak, and to smile just like you had before, and feel completely comfortable while doing so.
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