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What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge, which is a non-removable appliance, is an excellent treatment for missing teeth. It is designed to “bridge” the gap between a missing tooth or pair of teeth.
A dental bridge is composed of two parts — crowns on the anchor teeth on the sides of the gap and the false tooth or teeth in between. Crowns are placed on the two anchor teeth, also known as abutment teeth. These will be the anchor points for the bridge. The false teeth, also known as pontics, can be made from different materials: gold, alloys, porcelain, or a mixture of these. All porcelain fixed bridges have grown more popular because they look more natural than other dental restorations and is Dr. Peters’ first option.. In addition to the natural abutment teeth, dental bridges can be supported by implants.
Why should I get a dental bridge?
There are several reasons why you might need a fixed bridge.
- To fill the space left by a missing tooth or teeth
- To maintain facial shape (missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw)
- To prevent existing teeth from drifting out of their natural position to compensate for a missing tooth or teeth
- To restore or improve the smile
- To restore the ability to chew and speak properly
- To replace a removable partial denture with permanent teeth.
What can I expect from getting a fixed bridge?
The placement of a fixed bridge generally requires two dental visits. During the procedure, the teeth will be numbed while both anchoring teeth are prepared for the crowns by removal of a portion of their enamel. Dr. Peters will then take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental lab to fabricate your bridge. While waiting for the final dental bridge, a temporary bridge will be placed for you to use until your bridge is ready (usually two weeks).
During your second visit, Dr. Peters will carefully assess the fit of your permanent bridge. Depending on your situation, the bridge may be cemented into place with temporary cement, to allow your teeth to become accustomed to it before making it permanent. Then, once everything looks good, it will be permanently cemented into place.
Dr. Peters will provide you with additional instructions at the end of the procedure. You can extend the lifespan of your bridge through good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.