A dental bridge does exactly what it sounds like, it bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. A bridge is secured in place by anchoring it to two or more surrounding teeth. These teeth have been strengthened with crowns to make sure they can anchor the bridge without being damaged. These teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. A prosthetic tooth or teeth sitting between the abutment teeth. These are called pontics. Pontics can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination. Bridges can also be held in place using dental implants.
There are three main forms of bridges used at the practice:
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are made ready for their crowns by shaving down a portion of tooth’s surface to create enough space. Next, impressions of the gap and adjacent teeth are obtained, and the pontic, bridging pieces and crowns are ordered from a dental lab. Dr. Lai will provide a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while waiting for the permanent bridge. During the final visit, the temporary bridge is taken off and the permanent bridge secured. If needed, adjustments can be made to ensure it fits properly.
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