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Dental Bridge

What is the process of obtaining a dental bridge?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentistry, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Obtaining a dental bridge requires several visits to the dentist. A  dental bridge is a device dentists use to replace missing teeth. To create a dental bridge, a dentist will place artificial crowns on the two teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. (In some cases, only one tooth receives an artificial crown.) The dentist then inserts an artificial tooth in the gap. This new false tooth is anchored to the artificial crowns with clasps or other attachments.
  • It is necessary to visit your dentist to obtain a bridge. S/he will recommend the type of bridge that is best for your situation. This typically requires several office visits. 

    Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

    An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

     

  • AJonathan B. Levine, DMD, Dentistry, answered

    Thedental bridge is custom made to fill in the space with a false tooth. The false tooth is then attached by the bridge to the two other teeth on each side of the space.

    Next, the teeth are prepared to make room for the new false tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown's size. The dentist then makes an impression, which serves as the model from which your bridge, false tooth and crowns then get created by the technician. A temporary bridge gets placed in the area to protect teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made.

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