If you have lost teeth to injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, then you may be looking into options that restore your lost tooth structure, the function of your bite, and the appearance of your smile. If this is the case, then you may want to visit our dentist for a dental bridge.
A dental bridge (also known as a fixed partial denture) is a prosthetic used to fill the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. It anchors to your remaining teeth in order to maintain stability as you chew. Bridges can last 5-7 years because they are created from materials that withstand chewing forces, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic.
Types Of Bridges
There are several different types of bridges available, including:
- Traditional Bridge: two dental crowns and a tooth replacement between
- Cantilever Bridge: one dental crown attached to a tooth replacement
- Maryland Bonded Bridge: a tooth replacement supported by metal framework
- Removable Bridge: one that is not bonded to your remaining teeth
- Implant Bridge: the restoration attaches over implants instead of teeth
Application Of Bridges
The application of a traditional dental bridge usually takes two dental appointments.
- 1st Appointment: After numbing your mouth, we will remove tissue from the teeth adjacent to a gap in order to make space for the dental crowns that will cover them. We also take an impression of your teeth, send it to a dental lab, and give you a temporary bridge to wear while waiting for the creation of the permanent one.
- 2nd Appointment: After receiving the permanent bridge, we will remove the temporary one. We clean your teeth and then bond the bridge over them, using dental cement that we harden with a curing light.