Dental Bridges/Fixed Bridges
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth or teeth when there are natural teeth on both sides of a space. The bridge spans the space the way a roadway bridge does. The anchored ends of the bridge are called abutments and the artificial teeth between are called pontics. In some cases the abutments could be implants.
What are bridges made of?
The bridges are made of a ceramic material or a combination of metal and ceramic that closely mimics the shade, shape and appearance of natural teeth.
Why do I need a bridge?
- A bridge restores missing teeth and the ability to chew that was lost and compromised when a tooth or teeth are lost.
- Bridges can fill in gaps in your smile.
- Bridges prevent teeth from shifting out of position after tooth loss to get you back to the even, balanced bite you should have.
- Missing teeth means less support for the bite and a loss of muscle tone. This causes a change in the face shape and an aged smile.
- Bridges are used to restore missing teeth in areas that are not able to have implants.
How is this procedure done?
The procedure is done in 2 office visits. On the first visit the abutment teeth are shaped just as they would be for a traditional crown. An impression is made and a temporary bridge is placed. A tooth shade is selected. On the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is placed, evaluated for fit and appearance, adjusted and cemented.
How long will this bridge last?
With proper home care and regular prevention appointments, a bridge can last 10 years or more.