A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. Most bridges consist of a false tooth placed between two crowns. The entire structure is cemented to teeth on each side of the gap, making it a permanent fixture. There are three types of bridges: traditional, resin-bonded, and cantilever. Traditionally bridges are made using the “indirect method of restoration”. However they can even be fabricated using a material such as a composite resin.
The material used to make bridges range from gold to porcelain. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed. Following is how a bridge is made:
1. First the teeth are prepared to support the bridge. If there are no teeth to support the bridge, dental implants might be required. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that acts as the root of the natural tooth. This implant acts as an anchor to hold an artificial tooth or a bridge in place.
2. Next a model of your teeth is made by using two impressions.
3. A temporary bridge is placed in your mouth to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
4. Finally, the temporary bridge is removed and the custom-made bridge is inserted into the right place.
Depending on the situation, many times bridges can be used as a less expensive alternative. Our Millburn, New Jersey dentist can help you determine whether a dental implant or one of the types of bridges is better for your situation. Call us 973- 947-4331 or reserve an appointment.