Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a connection of a crown and a fake tooth. A fake tooth will be created to replace a missing tooth by putting it between two healthy teeth while the two healthy neighboring teeth will be covered or capped with high quality porcelain crowns. A fake tooth and those porcelain crowns will be connected to each other.

The bridge will help you to prevent the shifting of the teeth, and also the gum disease may be decreased at the same time. Moreover, it will retain your good bite and natural speech.

There are 2 main types of dental bridge 

  • Fixed bridge, the most popular containing a filler tooth attached to two crowns fit over the remaining teeth.
  • The cantilever sbridge which is usually used when there are teeth only on one side of the span of the space. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge containing

A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth, and attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can be attached permanently and are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.

Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance. They are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.  

Why do I need a bridge?
Restoring oral functionality is the most important reason for a bridge. When teeth – naturally designed to support each other – are missing, unusual stress is placed on the gums and other oral tissues, and there is a high risk of developing gum disease and a number of other potentially harmful disorders. A bridge can help prevent these problems when natural teeth are missing.

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Appearance is another important reason for wearing a bridge, which helps to support your lips and cheeks. A missing tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Missing teeth can also cause speech disorders since they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a bridge attached? 
Constructing and attaching a bridge typically requires two or three appointments. At the first appointment we will prepare the teeth on either side of the space by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed. Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are permanently attached to your natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict recommend of brushing and flossing, using combind floss threader will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is vital since the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.