Dental bridges fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. They’ll give you a better smile, keep your teeth aligned, and help you be able to speak and chew properly.
Traditional bridges are made by creating a crown on both sides of a missing tooth. These crowns are called the abutment teeth.
A false tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the abutment teeth, and the bridge is complete. Dental bridges are made of porcelain, metal allos, gold, or any combination of these materials.
Bridge Preparation, Part One
The procedure starts with the preparation of the abutment teeth by removing a certain amount of the outer layer of the teeth. Afterwards, we’ll take a rubber mold of the area, and send this mold to our dental laboratory to make your permanent bridge. While we wait for your permanent bridge to finish, we’ll make you a temporary acrylic bridge to wear until the next appointment.
Bridge Preparation, Part Two
When you come back for your next visit, we’ll fit the bridge from our dental laboratory and check it for proper bite, shape, and color (if porcelain), and make any necessary adjustments. Once your bridge has been properly adjusted, we’ll permanently cement it into place, and- voila! You’ve got a brand new bridge.