A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. The materials used for the bridges include zirconia, all porcelain, high quality metals, porcelain fused to metal, or a combination of materials. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth varies slightly with the different materials used. The success of any bridge depends on its foundation and the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
What to Expect
In preparation for the bridge, our dentists will drill down the support tooth to make enough space for the crown. After the teeth are ready for the crown, X-ray imaging will be taken so that a thorough visual can be achieved and these, as well as the physical impressions will then be distributed to the dental lab where the final bridge is manufactured. Our dentists will cover the patient’s teeth with temporary fixtures for protection until the permanent bridge is ready. Once the bridge is created, our dentists will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for a normal appearance and comfort.
Dental bridges can stay durable for up to 15 years as long as routine dental examinations at Fern Creek Dentistry take place each year. It is also important that in addition to yearly check-ups, patients adhere incorporate a consistent at-home dental health regime. Per the dentist’s instructions, flossing, brushing, and fluoride, which will allow the bridge to last for many years to come.