What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that’s used to fill the gap. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it’s anchored to the teeth at one, or both, sides using metal bands held in place by resin or cement. With proper care, a dental bridge should last for 10 to 15 years.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a dental bridge. A dental bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
What materials are used for dental bridges?
Our practice uses Porcelain fused to high noble metal and/or LAVA.
The High noble metals are gold, platinum, and palladium. High noble alloys have a formulation that is composed of over 60% noble metals with over 40% of the composition being gold. These metals have the advantage that they are the easiest and most predictable to work with. Using them usually insures the most accurate fit and most predictable bond with porcelain
The Lava crown – Lava contains milled ceramic on the inside which is a more translucent Zirconia, rather than an opaque white material. The Zirconia is shaded, and then the final esthetics of the dental crown are achieved in the baked-on outer layer.
Benefits of these materials:
- Exceptional strength
- Excellent esthetics
- Outstanding marginal fit
Porcelain fused (PFM):
- Natural Look
- Excellent shade matching
- Impressive strength and desirable esthetics
- Fast turnaround time
DENTAL BRIDGE OPTIONS
A dental bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
HOW IS A DENTAL BRIDGE ATTACHED?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment. We will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap 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. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
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 Arch support.