A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns placed on neighboring teeth support an artificial tooth that fills the space. Bridges are permanently attached to offer stability for chewing. Sometimes if there isn’t enough bone present for a dental implant, a bridge is a suitable option to replace a missing tooth.
How is a dental bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Lee, Dr. Tu, Dr. Huang & Dr. Chung will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. Since the bridge must be fabricated precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What materials are used in dental bridges?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.