A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in your bite that could be painful.
You and your dentist will discuss the best type of bridge for your case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. A typical dental bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding abutments (dental crowns). Once complete, this dental bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Dental bridges are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene.
A minimum of two visits are required to install a bridge. During the first visit, a local anesthetic is applied and the surrounding teeth are prepared to be fitted with a crown. This may include filing down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. A putty-like material is used to make an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the bridge and crown. Finally, the dentist fits your teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them while the bridge is prepared at the laboratory.
During your second office visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge received from the laboratory is fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact Comfort Dental Lounge