A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance that literally bridges the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth/teeth between them. The false teeth are called pontics. Porcelain is the most popular material for the pontics because it has the most natural appearance.
Reasons for getting a fixed bridge
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position
- Restore speaking and chewing ability
- By replacing missing teeth, the forces in your bite are distributed properly
- Maintain the shape of the face
- Restore a pleasant appearance
- Upgrade from a removable denture to a permanent appliance
What is the process of getting a fixed bridge?
Two or more visits are required to get a fixed bridge.
At the first appointment Dr Yash will take several molds or impressions that will be used to create two custom crowns. The mold will also be used to create a temporary bridge which you will wear until your new bridge is produced by a dental laboratory. This takes approximately two weeks. Then Dr Yash will numb and prepare the two anchoring teeth. A portion of the enamel is removed so that a crown can be positioned on each of these teeth. The temporary bridge is placed and your bite is checked.
At the second visit your permanent bridge will be positioned, adjusted, and cemented into place. Occasionally the bridge will not be cemented permanently at this visit. In order to allow your teeth and gums time to adjust to the new bridge, a temporary cement will be used. This will require a third appointment to have the bridge permanently cemented.
Dr Yash will give you instructions for the care of your new bridge.
If you have any questions about fixed bridges, please call or contact our office.