A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Just as the name implies a dental bridge ‘bridges’ the gap between two teeth. The bridge attaches to two strong teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The dental provider takes an impression of the area and creates a plaster cast. The bridge is created in a dental lab where the lab technician uses the plaster model to exactly match the size, color and shape of your existing teeth. There are many types of bridges available and once created they are permanently cemented in place. Bridges can last a very long time and are a great way to inexpensively replace missing teeth.
Replacing a missing tooth is very important. If the space is left open a number of different things can happen, including shifting of the teeth around the missing tooth, bone loss, reshaping of the face and decay on surrounding teeth.
A core buildup is also used in some cases, this is a composit resin material added to the tooth to enlarge the tooth size and strengthen the tooth. The tooth is non vital after a root canal and it can be weaker than a healthy tooth. Just because it no longer hurts after a root canal is not a reason to put of finishing treatment it is important to have the post, core and crown put in place. If the crown is not in place it is much more likely that the tooth will fracture and have to be extracted.
Dynamic Dental uses CEREC 3D CAD CAM technology and can create the crown in just one visit. This makes the procedure far more comfortable and saves the patient time.