Dental Bridges are fixed, or non-removable, prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth.
The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and aesthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
Why you might need a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can serve several purposes including:
- Replacing missing teeth
- Preventing movement of other teeth
- Fixing the aesthetics of your smile
- Full mouth rehabilitation
- Dental Implant therapy
Dental Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics. Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments.
When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge or crowns to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit with Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.
Do you really need to replace a missing tooth?
If you have missing teeth, the teeth around them and on the opposite arch can begin to drift out of place. Teeth that drift out of position: