How does a dental bridge work? Will it close my gap?
How does a dental bridge work? As can be assumed from the name, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap between missing teeth. A dental bridge works by connecting crowns (a tooth shaped “cap”) to the teeth on either side of the gap with the false tooth or teeth placed in between. The false teeth, otherwise known as pontics, can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, alloys, or porcelain. However, porcelain is most commonly used as it is made to match the natural color of the teeth.
If you are getting a dental bridge, your dentist will first make impressions of your teeth in order to make the pontic tooth or teeth as similar as possible to the real ones. Once the pontic tooth is made from the impressions, your dentist will then fit and adjust the dental bridge to achieve the best fit. Dental bridges are a great solution to closing gaps in your mouth. Not only does it succeed in closing a gap, but a dental bridge can also improve your ability to chew and speak, prevent other teeth from shifting out of place, and properly redistribute where the force is placed when biting. If you think a dental bridge might be the answer to the gap in your teeth, then come in to Gorgeous Smile and have our dentists take a look and help you decide on the next step.