What are bridges?
If a tooth or several teeth are missing, a bridge is placed over the remaining side teeth, next to the space, and a natural looking dental crown (a pontic) is placed between the two retaining teeth. Bridges are held in place using very strong cement. Bridges do not come in and out.
Who should get bridges?
Bridges are for people who lost a tooth or several teeth and would like to restore the look of their smile, including the functionality of their bite.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are typically made of porcelain or gold, on rare occasions. Most often, the bridge is lined and supported by a bio compatible metal that offers support to the structure of the crown and allows the force of the bite to transfer along the metal frame into the jaw rather than through the already weakened or damaged tooth.
What is the procedure?
We will prepare the teeth by shaping and smoothing to fit under the bridge. Impressions of your teeth and bite will be taken and we will fit temporary crowns over the teeth to protect them until the permanent bridges can be placed. Once the lab has fabricated the final bridge, you will return to our office where we will permanently cement the bridge to your teeth.