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Nov
7

All You Need to Know About a Dental Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device. Bridges are permanently cemented onto your existing teeth or supported by dental implants by your dentist. Bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth.

  • Bridges are fixed to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
  • These teeth are called abutments.  They are the anchor for the bridge.
  • The replacement tooth is called a pontic. It is attached to the abutments.

Similar to a crown, you have choices on which materials your dentist will use to make your bridge. You and your dentist will have a consultation appointment before any treatment to discuss your options. He will help you decide which will be the best for you. It is advisable to bring a list of questions you have to this appointment.

Before a traditional bridge or implant supported bridge can be made, the dentist must reduce the size of your tooth. The bridge will need to be an exact fit. He will take an impression after the teeth are prepped and this impression will be sent to the dental lab. The dental lab will make your bridge in the specific material and shade provided by your dentist. If a porcelain bridge is being made, your dentist will pick out the perfect shade to match the color of the rest of your teeth.

You will have a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being fabricated at the dental lab. Usually this takes two weeks to receive the finished prosthesis back from the lab. The dentist will remove the temporary bridge and use permanent cement to bond your new bridge in place.

You should allow 45 minutes for this appointment. It may take a few adjustments to make your bite perfect, so don’t hesitate to come back for further adjustments until the fit is just right.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, your new bridge will last many years.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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