A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between.
Restoring your smile so that it is full and beautiful may require some prosthetic work. Some of the most common prosthetics found in the dental field are crowns and fixed bridges. Bridges allow you to fill in gaps where you might be missing one or more teeth and can help to provide a realistic look to your smile.
What are Fixed Bridges?
Fixed bridges are made of realistic-looking materials to create the illusion of a full, bright smile. The bridge is matched perfectly to your existing smile and will be permanently placed onto the area where a tooth may be missing. The adjacent teeth are filed down slightly to make room for the bridge to sit. The pontic, or fake tooth, is in the middle and simply sits on the gum line comfortably to create the appearance of a full smile.
Who is a good candidate for a Dental Bridge?
An exam as well as x-rays will be taken before you are fitted for a fixed bridge to determine if this is the best option for you. Bridges can last for decades before needing to be replaced, so you are choosing an option that is long-lasting and offers incredible durability. Some of the reasons we here at One Fine Smile may recommend a fixed bridge include:
- You are missing one or more teeth
- You aren’t a viable candidate for an implant or you’d rather a surgical-free option
- You want an appliance that’s going to be durable and long-lasting
What is the process for a Dental Bridge?
The process begins with the dentist re-contouring the teeth that will connect the bridge together by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are taken, so that the bridge can be custom made for you. Once the bridge has been created, the dentist will permanently place the bridge. The bridge will look and function just like a natural tooth.
If you need a dental bridge, or would like to inquire more about this procedure, give our office a call and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.