What is a bridge?
Dental bridges replace missing teeth using adjacent teeth or dental implants for support.
The support tooth (called abutment teeth) receive porcelain crowns and are connected to a prosthetic tooth (called a Pontic) that replaces the missing tooth.
Dental bridges are not removable and are fixed in the mouth.
Dental Bridge Procedure:
The procedure is completed over two visits.
During the first visit for a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared.
Preparation involves re-contouring these teeth by trimming a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.
Next, impressions of the teeth are made. The dentist fabricates a temporary bridge.
The dental impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent bridge is fabricated.
At the final visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the final porcelain bridge is bonded to the abutment teeth.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge:
Restore and enhance the patient’s smile.
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak.
Maintain the shape of the face by supporting the lips and cheeks.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.