Dr. Bader creates a dental bridge by placing crowns on the teeth that surround the gap. These crowns join together with a false tooth that he installs in the space of the missing tooth.
Dental bridges typically are made of porcelain that’s bonded to a precious metal. A dental laboratory makes the false tooth, and Dr. Bader cements the crown, bridge pieces, and the false tooth into place using a special dental cement.
Dr. Bader may recommend a bridge if the teeth surrounding your missing tooth are strong enough to support it. If your surrounding teeth are also damaged, Dr. Bader may suggest alternatives to replace a missing tooth, such as dental implants.
You need two visits before Dr. Bader can place your bridge permanently.
During the first appointment, Dr. Bader prepares your surrounding teeth for crown placement. He removes an outer layer of enamel to ensure a perfect fit for the crown.
Dr. Bader then makes an impression of your teeth. He sends the mold to a dental laboratory where the bridge pieces and false tooth are custom-made to fit your mouth. He also creates a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums.
During your second visit, Dr. Bader removes the temporary bridge and positions the new one before permanently installing it with a special dental cement.
To protect the health of your teeth and the structure of the bridge, you need to practice good dental hygiene. That means regular brushing and flossing. You also need to use a special floss to clean under the false tooth to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Dental bridges allow you to replace missing teeth without dental implant surgery. By replacing missing teeth, you can improve your ability to talk and chew correctly and keep your natural teeth from moving out of position.
If you’re missing teeth in the front or sides of your mouth, a dental bridge can restore your smile and boost your self-confidence.
To learn more about Dental Impressions’ affordable and compassionate restorative dentistry services, including dental bridges, book an appointment online or by phone.
Please note: HMO's are not accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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