Dental bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, dental bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make the dental bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges are porcelain tooth-shaped covering on existing tooth or in place of missing tooth in a bridge. After an impression of tooth is taken, a crown, or units on a bridge can be made by the laboratory, matching the shade, shape and size to your natural teeth.
- Emax Crown
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crown
- Full porcelain
- Full gold
- All-metal crown
- Stainless steel crowns for Pediatric patients
When is a dental bridge recommended?
Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.
Crowns go on individual teeth or implants. Bridges include crown units called retainers that are connected to surrounding crowns to replace a missing tooth.
What to Expect with a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are usually performed in two visits; during the first visit the patient’s teeth are examined. Once it is determined that they will receive a dental bridge, a local anesthetic will be given in order to prepare the teeth that will support the dental bridge. After preparation of the teeth is complete, a mold is taken in order to design a dental bridge that has a natural and secure fit. Without a secure fit the teeth under the bridge supports can suffer from decay because they are nearly impossible to clean with the bridge in place. Until the permanent bridge is completed, Dr. Jay will fit you with a temporary dental bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage.
To complete the dental bridge procedure, you must return to the dental office for a second visit to have the bridge fitted and cemented in place. After the dental bridge is correctly fitted and the bite is perfect, our dental staff will take further impressions to ensure that the bite is natural and does not cause any pain or discomfort during your bite. Dr. Jay and our team will ensure that the shade is the same as your natural teeth, resulting in a natural-looking smile that will boost your confidence and make you feel better about smile.