DENTAL BRIDGES

What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device used to replace/fill the gap where teeth are missing or removed. Fixed bridges are permanently bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, our doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel, dentin and other tissue and bone. 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 cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?

Dental bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. When your bridge is made, the metal structure is shaped from your dental mold, made during your first appointment.

The metal is then coated with porcelain material to match your natural tooth color. That way, you never have to face embarrassing questions about how you got your tooth replaced. People will never have to know!

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. The assistant and your hygienist will review home care for your bridge after placement.

What’s Better? Dental Bridges vs Implants

In most cases, an implant is better for many reasons. See above. However, sometimes it is easier and more predi