A Dental Bridge, which can also be known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth. It does this by permanently joining adjacent teeth by using dental implants.
Since there are many different types of dental bridges available, it all depends on how the Dental Bridge is fabricated. It also depends on how it anchors onto the adjacent teeth. Dental Bridges are most commonly made by being fabricated outside of the mouth in a dental lab and cemented in afterward.
How Are Dental Bridges Made?
Dental Bridges are fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). The two anchoring teeth are called an abutment. The abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material being used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth. It is important that the abutment is in correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.
The false teeth that are made are called pontics. They can be made from gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.
Once the teeth are prepared, an impression is taken and sent off to a lab for processing. To protect your teeth and to make sure you do not feel uncomfortable with any missing teeth, a temporary bridge is made while the final bridge is being processed. Once returned, the temporary bridge is removed, and the final bridge is permanently cemented into place.
A Dental Bridge restores your teeth function and maintains your smile aesthetics, but it also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position. It also fills the spaces that would otherwise have left the surrounding teeth susceptible to tooth decay. This is why a dental bridge may be an excellent treatment option.
The best candidate for a dental bridge is a person with one or more missing teeth and good dental hygiene. Special attention to hygiene at home will need to be taken, especially flossing under the bridge. Furthermore, dental visits, including professional hygiene appointments, should be completed every six months.
How Do We Make Your All Ceramic Dental Bridge?
The impressions used to create your dental crown or bridge can be obtained using the iTero Intraoral Scanner. iTero eliminates the need for using goopy impression material. The scanner creates a digital image of the prepared teeth, which is then sent to our dental laboratory, where your custom crown or bridge is created by a skilled professional lab technician.