FAQ's > Dental Bridges


The information presented below is only for informational purposes. Your surgeon will talk to you about details regarding your specific procedure.



What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a false tooth, also known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. Two crowns holding it in place are attached to your teeth on each side of the false tooth. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This type of a bridge is called a fixed bridge.

Another type of bridge that may be used is called the cantilever bridge. These are used when there are teeth only on one side of the open space.

Who should get a bridge?
If you are missing any teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Bridges can help to correct an altered bite, improve your chewing ability and speech, safeguard your appearance and prevent from the early onset of wrinkle and age lines.

What is the procedure for a dental bridge?
The dentist will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth. You will be given a mild anesthetic to numb the area, and then the dentist will remove the area of each abutment (teeth on either side of the space) to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. When these teeth already have fillings, part of the filling may be left in place to help as a foundation for the crown. The dentist will then make an impression, which will serve as the model from which the bridge, false tooth and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge will be placed for you to wear while your bridge is being made until your next visit. This temporary bridge will serve to protect your teeth and gums.

Your cosmetic dentist may have you use a Flipper appliance. A Flipper is a false tooth to temporarily take the place of a missing tooth before the permanent bridge is placed. A Flipper can be attached via either a wire or a plastic piece that fits in the roof of your mouth. Flippers are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent bridge. On your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed. Your new permanent bridge will be fitted and checked and adjusted for any bite discrepancies. Your new bridge will then be cemented to your teeth.

What are the types of bridges that are available?
There are three types of bridges. 
The first one is a traditional fixed bridge. A dental bridge is a false tooth, also known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. Two crowns holding it in place are attached to your teeth on each side of the false tooth. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This type of a bridge is called a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth.

The second type of a bridge s the resin bonded bridge. It is primarily used for your front teeth. This bridge is used when the abutment teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.

The third type of bridge is the cantilever bridge. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural adjacent teeth.


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