A dental bridge is a set of false teeth that help bridge a gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Gaps in the teeth can be dangerous to your mouth, as they can result in shifting or a bite that is uneven and painful. The bridge has success in utilizing the surrounding teeth as anchors to hold false teeth in place. Usually, crowns are placed on the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth, known as a pontic, will be fused in between.
Types of dental bridges
There are three types of dental bridges that are commonly used today
1. Traditional fixed bridge - This is the most common type of dental bridge, in which porcelain crowns are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to hold the false tooth in place. The false tooth is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
2. Cantilever bridge – A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are used typically in areas of your mouth that doesn’t experience an intense chewing load, such as your front teeth.
3. Resin-bonded bridge - In a resin-bonded bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a plastic false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth.
How it's done:
At your first appointment, the surrounding teeth will be prepared to be fitted with crowns. These teeth may need to be adjusted or filed down in order for the crowns to fit. Following this, an impression of the teeth is taken to be sent off to a dental laboratory so the bridge and crowns can be created. Lastly, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge in order to protect the teeth until your next appointment.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge received from the laboratory is fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit.
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