Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and a false tooth / teeth in between.
These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Types of Dental Bridge Materials
There are three basic types of materials for dental bridges :
1. Porcelain fused to metal dental bridges
2. All porcelain dental bridges
3. All metal dental bridges (Gold)
Procedure for fitting a bridge :
- Diagnostic models are taken to study the optimal way to perform this procedure.
- Teeth used to attach the bridge are carefully prepared.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot Impressions are taken and a temporary acrylic bridge is then cemented into place.
- The final bridge is created in the lab and cemented into place.
- Any adjustments are made.