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David B. Solomon, DDS | Bridges in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles

     

   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   

Bridges

 

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from porcelain or gold to ensure that they are strong and durable. 

The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are re-contoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

 

We will fit you with a temporary while we wait for the lab to craft your bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the laboratory bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr.Solomon will then use a dental cement to make sure that the bridge is set. 

The bridge will require an adjustment period, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with minimal issues. 

If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, the open space could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment in our office today to restore your smile.