A bridge is an aptly named dental appliance, designed to span or “bridge” the gap where teeth are missing. Like crowns, they can be made from a variety of dental materials, but the most popular bridges are made from lifelike porcelain fixed to a metal support structure. Typically, a bridge is composed of two crowns attached to healthy teeth (abutments) on either side with artificial teeth (pontics) filling the gap between them.
Bridges are essential for patients with multiple missing teeth on one side of an arch. Without a bridge, your ability to chew, smile and even to speak can be affected. With a bridge, you can do all of these things and your remaining teeth are kept in place, instead of drifting or twisting out of alignment.
Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in place and cannot be removed by the patient. They are very durable and typically last many years before needing reattachment or replacement. They can also be installed using dental implants. A major advantage of bridges affixed to implants is that your existing teeth do not need modification to install the bridge. Implants do require additional time to become firmly attached to your jaw, however, during which time you receive a temporary bridgework.
Installing a traditional bridge requires two visits to the convenient office of the Sacramento Dentistry Group. During the first visit, the two teeth adjoining the bridge are prepared for crowns and a mold and measurements are taken of your teeth and jaw. The temporary bridge is then put in place. During the second visit, the newly fabricated bridge is cemented into your arch. For some patients, an additional visit is required for final adjustments.
Get back your confidence! Smile for photos! Recover your familiar and welcome voice! Eat whatever you want! These are some of the powerful benefits of replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge.