If you are missing one or more teeth, you may want to consider a dental bridge. A bridge is used to fill the space created by a missing tooth. Most bridges rely on two or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the space. These teeth are known as abutment teeth. The crowns are bridged together by a pontic, or false tooth. At Bagley Dental, we offer bridges as an effective alternative to other restorations like removable partial dentures, or implants.
The Dental Bridge Process
During your first visit, J. Andrew Bagley DDS or W. Ryan Bagley DDS will discuss the possible options for replacement. To qualify for a bridge, the abutment teeth and surrounding gum tissue must be healthy. Once we have determined a bridge to be the best option, we can move forward will treatment.
The procedure for a bridge is typically broken up into two appointments. During your first appointment, we will reshape the abutment teeth. Some of the enamel must be removed to accommodate the crown. Once the teeth are completely reshaped, we will make an impression of the area. This impression will serve as a model, which our dental laboratory will use to fabricate your bridge. This process can take two weeks or more. In the meantime, we will give you a temporary bridge to protect the newly reshaped teeth.
During your second appointment, we will remove the temporary bridge and check your final restoration to ensure the proper fit. Your new bridge may be completely ceramic or have a metal framework. Regardless of the material, minor adjustments may be necessary. This may take a few appointments. Once we have achieved the proper fit, we will permanently cement the bridge into place using a special bonding material.
Types of Bridges
Generally speaking, there are four types of dental bridges:
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If you are interested in learning more about bridges, call (509) 547-1631, and schedule your appointment today!