What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge (also known as a bridge) is 3 or more connected crowns that use the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth space as anchors. The anchor teeth will receive crowns and a substructure connects them to a pontic (fake tooth) that resembles other teeth in the arch.
What is the average life span of a bridge?
The average life of a bridge is 15 years. It is imperative to practice good oral hygiene, floss daily, and receive regular dental care. Plaque and bacteria at your gumline will lead to decay that can cause your bridge to fail.
What does getting a bridge involve?
A bridge procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will focus on preparing the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth so that they may become anchor teeth. While the teeth are numb, Dr. Morgan will remove any decay and shape the surface of each anchor tooth. A material called a build-up is used to fill the area removed or damaged by a cavity. A preliminary mold will be used to create a temporary bridge which will stay on your teeth for approximately three weeks until your new bridge is fabricated by a dental laboratory. Most importantly, a highly accurate mold (impression) is taken that will be used to create your custom bridge. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary bridge will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary bridge will be removed, the anchor teeth will be cleaned, and your new bridge will be carefully placed to ensure that the spacing, bite, and color are accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new bridge.
Do I need a temporary bridge?
Your temporary bridge plays an important role in protecting your teeth and holding the space for your permanent bridge. Should it need recementing or become damaged please call our office during business hours and we will be happy to recement or repair it.