A bridge is a fixed, non- removable restoration used to replace missing teeth. A bridge uses the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support and replace the missing tooth or teeth. The supporting teeth have to be strong enough (have enough bone support) to do their own work and to the work of the missing teeth.
- Helps maintain normalcy by replacing the missing tooth
- Keeps neighboring and opposing teeth from moving into the space of the missing tooth
- Provides better looks
There is a limit of how many missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge. An alternative to having a bridge done is to have implant restorations done to restore the missing teeth. Another alternative is to have a partial denture. All possible options will be discussed so you can make the best choice for your smile.
Procedure: The supporting teeth of the bridge are prepared and smoothened. An impression is taken and sent to the lab. A temporary bridge is fabricated and cemented. At the second visit, the temporary is removed and the porcelain bridge frame is tried in and is checked and adjusted. At the third visit it is inserted. If it is a long span, then an extra visit may be required for an extra try in and fine tuning.
Maintenance is almost the same as regular teeth- brushing, flossing (when the bridge is in place flossing is done with a floss threader to use under the bridge) and using mouth wash. Dr. Bogg and the dental staff emphasize on proper maintenance techniques to ensure the longevity of the restoration.