A bridge also referred to as a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis” is used to replace one or multiple absent teeth. Typically, it consists of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns and extends across an area with missing teeth. The crown fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant. A dental bridge is held securely in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. Typically, a bridge is fixed and non-removable.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are different types of dental bridges. Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens will recommend the most suitable type. This will depend on the location of the missing tooth or teeth and the condition of your teeth, mouth, and gums. The four bridge types are:
- Traditional bridges
- Implant bridges
- Resin-bonded bridges
- Cantilever bridges
The Dental Bridge Procedure
1. Your dentist will begin by filling down the healthy teeth on either side of the gaps in the mouth. If your teeth are not healthy or fit to support a bridge, your dentist may recommend dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial replacement tooth root made of titanium metal that is inserted into your jawbone. The dental implant serves as an anchor to secure an artificial tooth or bridge in place.
2. Next, using impressions, your dentist will create a model of your teeth. The model is used to create a custom-made artificial tooth (or teeth) and two crowns as one piece. This piece is called a bridge. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today!
3. Your dentist will place a temporary bridge in your mouth to protect your exposed teeth and gums until your permanent bridge is ready.
4. During your second visit to our clinic, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the custom-made bridge in your mouth. The crowns will be cemented to your two healthy teeth or attached to your dental implants on each side of the gaps in your mouth.
Looking for dental bridges near you? Habashy Dental offers dental bridges in Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 and other restorative dental treatments.