A Dental Bridge is a false tooth (or teeth) used to fill gaps created by a missing tooth (or teeth).
Gaps between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health. Existing teeth may shift to fill gaps left by missing teeth, which results in a change in your bite. This can be very painful.
Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the existing teeth surrounding the gap and the false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between them.
Types of Dental Bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge – This, most common type of Dental Bridge, contains porcelain crowns which cover the surrounding teeth and act as anchors holding the false tooth (or teeth) in place. The false tooth (or teeth) is generally made of porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever Bridge – A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap.
Resin-bonded Bridge – In this bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and are used to hold a false tooth made of plastic in the gap between teeth.
How it’s done
Dr. Gabriel will use a topical anesthetic on the gum before injecting anesthetic to numb the area where he plans to work.
Dr. Gabriel reshapes the teeth on either side of the gap to allow space for the new crowns to slip over the teeth and fit between other teeth.
We take an impression of the prepared area so that the Dental Laboratory can build a custom bridge for you.
We build and install a temporary bridge to protect the tooth structures remaining and make it less visible to others.
Your information and impressions are sent to the Dental Laboratory and you will return in approximately two (2) weeks for the placement of your finished custom bridge.
On your return visit the temporary bridge is removed and the tooth structures are cleaned. After ensuring that the Dental Bridge fits perfectly, Dr. Gabriel will place your custom Dental Bridge with specialized Permanent Dental Cement.
After removing any excess cement, you are free to enjoy your new Dental Bridge as if it were original to your mouth.