Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and the replacement teeth in between.
These replacement teeth are called pontics and can be made from alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. For areas in the mouth that may not require a full bridge, a cantilever bridge may be used in its place. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space.
Bridges are used reduce the risk of gum disease, correct bite issues and improve speech and the shape of the face and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but are made to last.
During surgery, one of our trusted Denver Dental Bridge Dentists will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth. You will be given a mild anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor will then make an impression for the bridge, false tooth and crowns to be made in a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge will be securely placed until your next visit.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits to your Denver Dental Bridge expert may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual’s case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is cemented into place.
It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong to support the new bridge. Dental bridges can last 15+ years when surrounding teeth are cared for properly. Brushing twice a day, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis.