What is a Dental Bridge

Here at Rogoff Dental Group, it brings us great joy to brighten smiles in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dental bridges, or a tooth bridge, are created to bridge the gap that occurs when one tooth or more are missing from your mouth. A tooth bridge consists of two crowns on either side of the gap between teeth. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth. A false tooth or teeth go in between the two abutment teeth. Abutments can be made from a variety of materials such as alloys, gold, and porcelain. Porcelain abutments look like natural teeth.

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What can a Bridge do for You?

Having a dental tooth bridge placed can provide you with several benefits, such as:

  • Restoring your ability to have a beautiful smile.

  • Giving you the ability to chew and speak well.

  • Keeping your face the correct shape.

  • Your bite remains the same because you’ve replaced missing teeth.

  • Your existing teeth stay in their proper positions.

Types of Dental Bridges

Three basic types of bridges exist today. These three types of bridges are:

  • Traditional bridges. When using traditional bridges, a crown is created to replace missing teeth. They remain made of porcelain or ceramic crowns fused to metal or ceramics. These traditional type of bridges remain the most frequently used style of bridges chosen by people who need their teeth replaced.

  • Cantilever bridges become used when you have remaining natural teeth on which to attach the teeth. These type of bridges are not used much anymore, because they put too much force and pressure on the neighboring teeth and damage them.

  • Maryland bonded bridges remain created of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Sometimes this apparatus is made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a porcelain or metal framework. Wings on either side of the bridge get bonded to existing healthy teeth.

How Bridges are Made and Placed in Your Mouth

Two appointments to the dentist are needed to have a bridge created and fitted to your mouth. During the first visit, your dentist prepares your abutment teeth by removing a part of enamel that allows for a crown to be placed over the abutment teeth. When this process is done, your dentist takes a model of your teeth from which to create the pontic, crowns and bridge base. The bridge gets built in a dental lab. A temporary bridge will protect your existing teeth and gums until the permanent bridge is created.

During your second appointment, you get your new bridge. Your dentist adjusts this bridge to ensure a proper fit. You may need more additional appointments to get your bridge to fit perfectly. The bridge gets temporarily cemented into your mouth until the placement is correct. Then the bridge is permanently cemented into your mouth. From that point, you'll have a lovely, natural looking smile and teeth that work well for eating and talking.

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