Bridges

Everything you need to know about bridges

A dental bridge is a ceramic structure that spans the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. A ceramic tooth is fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors. The anchor teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns, and then a bridge is bonded securely over these teeth.  

While the technology has been around for years to build a bridge, some insurance plans consider this type of procedure to be purely cosmetic. If you are missing teeth, however, a bridge may be the only option, short of dental implants, to help correct your smile. Fortunately, we are experts in creating the perfect bridge for each patient's mouth. We would be happy to give you a cosmetic dentistry consultation and determine which dental prosthetic best fits your situation, and will improve your oral health. 


Let's get rid of the gaps in your smile together

A bridge is a long-term functional and aesthetic solution to a gap in your mouth. The missing teeth stand out when you smile, and they also affect the quality and understanding of your speech. If you invest in a bridge, you can dramatically increase the appeal of your smile and get the associated improved oral functions. This appliance will also maintain the shape of your face and prevent other teeth from shifting inside your mouth, preventing future problems.


What to expect at the Prosthodontist

During the first visit to your Prosthodontist, you will have all the preparatory work completed. They'll use a drill to prepare the teeth located immediately next to the missing tooth. This process involves removing some enamel so the crown fits on these adjacent teeth. The prosthodontist will also take an impression of your teeth using a putty-like material, or a digital scan, and then send it to the dental lab to create your custom bridge. 

While you are at the initial visit, the prosthodontist will add a temporary bridge to your mouth, because there are multiple places where your teeth and gums are exposed. The second appointment is a little easier because they only need to cement the new bridge into your mouth. The result will be a manufactured tooth that fills the existing gap in your mouth, and is permanently joined to the abutting teeth. 


Additional considerations 

The process of getting a dental bridge is not without risk. There are the usual risks of potential infection and/or having an allergic reaction to the materials used, such as porcelain, ceramic, metal materials, cement, or the resin used to make the temporary bridge. When the prosthodontist prepares your abutting teeth for a bridge, they drill into what may currently be healthy teeth. When the enamel is removed from these supporting teeth, or an ill-fitting bridge is in place, they can start to decay. The point of the bridge is to restore the missing tooth, but, if these supporting teeth are not strong enough for the bridge, then the whole appliance can collapse.


Schedule an appointment today

We are here to schedule a convenient consultation for you, and to answer all your questions concerning the risks and benefits of a dental bridge. It's best to speak to your dentist or prosthodontist about whether this restorative procedure will work for you. 

FAQ

A bridge or crown will be tailored for your mouth to remedy one, or more, visible problems with your smile. For example, a patient seeking dental restoration may have individual teeth that are missing or broken. A bridge will be permanently installed in your mouth and will rest against the supporting teeth immediately either side of the gap. A crown is a prosthetic device composed of metal, porcelain, or ceramic, that is cemented on the base of one filed-down tooth. In some cases, patients may also want a Maryland bonded bridge which consists of one or two false teeth that are immediately next to each other. 
 

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