As with most bridges, dental bridges main function is to close the gap between one point and another. Gaps in the mouth are most often caused by groups of missing teeth. These missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, which may change your bite, cause a sore jaw, create new places for dental plaque to hide, and increase the chance of needing a filling or gum disease treatment. Luckily, dental bridges are able to serve as a fully functional way to close the gap between one point and another.
Types of bridges
- A traditional fixed bridge is the most common type of dental bridge. Porcelain crowns are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to keep the false tooth in place. The false tooth is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- A cantilever bridge is utilized when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are typically seen in areas of the mouth that do not experience intense chewing, such as the front teeth.
- Resin-bonded bridges contain metal bands that are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a plastic false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth.
How it’s done
This procedure will take a minimum of two visits to your 94531 dentist. At the initial appointment, the surrounding teeth will be prepared to be fitted with a crown, which entails filing down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Then, an impression is taken of the teeth to be sent to a laboratory to prepare the final bridge and crown. Before you go, the dentist will fit your teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them while the final crown and bridge are prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is replaced with the final bridge, which will be fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the bridge’s fit.