A dental bridge is a series of porcelain crowns used to fill in a gap between teeth. The two outer crowns on each side are fitted over teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. These are called abutment teeth as they hold the bridge in place. The false teeth in between are called pontics.
Our approach to creating beautiful, durable bridges
We create bridges made from porcelain fused to precious metal, or all-porcelain, or ceramic (zirconia) bridges for aesthetics and longevity. What type of material is used is also dependent on where the bridge is placed.
It usually takes two to three appointments to create and place your new bridge. In your first visit, the teeth on both sides of the gap are prepared so that crowns can be placed on them, and very precise impressions are taken of your teeth. This is an important step, as it ensures that your new bridge will give you the correct bite and match the opposite tooth.
When your new bridge is ready, it will be cemented to the adjacent natural teeth, which were prepared in your first appointment. A false tooth replaces the lost tooth, and the crowns on both sides provide the support for your bridge.
Should you get a dental bridge or an implant?
Dental bridges are usually used to replace one or two missing teeth. The preparation required in creating a dental bridge can weaken the natural teeth, and potentially cause problems in the future. A dental implant is a simple replacement tooth: a titanium post acts as the root, and a porcelain crown takes the place of a natural crown. A dental implant is recommended to replace a single tooth as a healthier long-term option.
However, there are instances in which a dental bridge is the better option, such as if the patient doesn’t want to undergo any type of surgery, the surrounding teeth are already compromised, or if the health of the patient contradicts extensive dental work.
We offer a complimentary consultation in order to determine which treatment option for missing teeth is best for you. Contact us today to take advantage of this free consultation!
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