Dental bridges are a restoration method that we can use to replace several missing teeth in a row. Bridges have been successfully used for a long time in dental restorations. The technology and materials used in the manufacturing of bridges are better than they have ever been, resulting in long lasting, strong restorations that you can count on. At Kooning Family Dentistry, our goal is to give you the best value for the highest quality dental work available. Your continued oral health is important to us. We are committed to helping you understand any procedure that you need done so that you can make informed decisions.
What is a dental bridge?A dental bridge is a restoration that allows us to replaced multiple teeth with a single structure that resembles the missing teeth. The bridge will be made to look just like your missing teeth from either porcelain fused to a metal base, or a ceramic material like zirconia. The bridge requires support at the two ends of the restoration. This support can come from existing teeth in your mouth or from dental implants.
Dental Implant Supported BridgesDental implants make a fabulous support structures for anchoring a bridge. They do a great job of promoting jaw bone health and continued oral health. Because they are placed directly into the jaw bone, they are able to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Tooth Supported BridgesWhen you have natural teeth on either side of the gap that needs to be filled, we can use the teeth as abutments to support the bridge. This requires considerable modification of the teeth that will be used as abutments. When we prepare these teeth to act as abutments, we will prepare them the same way as we prepare teeth to receive a crown—by shaving off a considerable amount of the outside of the tooth to allow the restoration to sit on top of them.
The amount of alteration to natural teeth that will be used as abutments is considerable and will leave the teeth unable to perform their normal functions without a restoration on them. For this reason, we encourage dental implants and implant supported bridges whenever possible. When you opt for implant supported bridges, your natural teeth are allowed to continue acting as normal teeth.
The ProcedureHaving a dental bridge created and placed is a process that typically requires two trips to our office to complete. During the first visit we will take an impression of the area to be restored. We will send this impression to our dental lab to be crafted using high precision methods and exacting standards. We will also prepare the abutment teeth during the first appointment, which would mean shaving a portion of the outer enamel off of them so that the restoration will be able to fit over the top of them. If your bridge will be supported by dental implants that must be placed, we will place them during this visit.
During the second visit we will place the finished bridge onto the abutment points and ensure that it fits into your bite well. If you ever notice that your bite seems off, please don’t hesitate to let us know so that we can make any required alterations to your restoration.
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