A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in the way you bite or chew food. Dental bridges help alleviate this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is. Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between them.
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 does not 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 a resin cement to hold a tooth fabricated out of porcelain 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:
A minimum of two visits are required for placing a fixed dental bridge. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. First, the surrounding teeth are reduced down in size so that the bridge can fit over the prepared teeth. Second, an impression is taken of your teeth, which will be sent to our dental laboratory to have the fixed dental bridge fabricated. Finally, Dr. Baum fabricates a temporary bridge to protect your teeth, while the fixed dental bridge is being made at the dental laboratory. The temporary bridge is cemented in place, with a temporary cement, so it can be easily removed, when your permanent fixed bridge is ready to be permanently cemented in place.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new fixed dental bridge is fitted and adjusted to fit your bite. Once the porcelain bridge is fitted to your bite, it is cemented in with a permanent cement.
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