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A dental bridge is literally a bridge that fills a gap in your mouth when you lose a tooth or need to have a tooth removed. A bridge will repair your bite, maintain the shape of your face, make chewing easier, ensure that other teeth do not shift into the gap, and improve your smile. It’s created with multiple crowns and a pontic, or a “dummy tooth,” that takes the place of the missing tooth.
Three types of bridges to suit different needs.
The most common type of bridge is the traditional bridge. With a traditional bridge, the pontic will be attached to two crowns that are fitted over the neighboring teeth. These bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal. They are very strong and are also matched to the color of your teeth, so no one will notice your bridge.
A cantilever bridge is used when there is only one tooth adjacent to the space that needs a bridge. These are used far less than traditional bridges and are better suited for teeth that don’t have to stand a lot of pressure from chewing.
A Maryland bonded bridge uses porcelain or metal wings on the side of the fake tooth to bond it securely to your real teeth adjacent to the gap.
It takes just two easy visits to have your bridge put into place. At the first visit, Dr. Appel or Dr. Caton will prepare your teeth for the crowns and bridge by removing some of the enamel from your existing teeth to make room for the crowns. This is done after you receive a local anesthetic to maximize comfort. A mold is made and sent off to a dental lab so a perfectly individualized bridge can be made for your mouth. You’ll wear a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums while your bridge is being made. At your second visit you’ll again receive a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums, and your bridge will be cemented into place. It’s important to keep the bridge perfectly clean to make sure that it lasts for a long time. Remember to schedule regular check- ups so we can keep your teeth and bridge healthy and lasting.
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