Bridge Work

Published on December 26, 2011 by

Dentists can replace your missing tooth/teeth using dental bridges. Numerous types of dental bridges are available at your Dental Clinic, which include traditional bridges, resin-retained bridges, and cantilever bridges. Your dentist should explain to you what is involved in placing these bridges to replace your tooth/teeth. Two of these bridges require preparation of adjacent teeth, and these teeth are then called abutment teeth. The tooth/teeth being replaced by the bridge is then called the pontic. All of the teeth on the bridge will replicate the original function and appearance of the natural teeth. There are numerous pontic designs, and your dentist will help choose the one that is best for your needs. If your adjacent teeth are in good shape, your dentist may recommend a bridge that is attached to the teeth using composite material. This bridge can be worn without removing much adjacent tooth structure.
The steps involved in dental bridge preparation and insertion are as follows. Your dentist will numb the area of your mouth where the teeth are going to be prepared; impressions will be taken of the teeth that are prepared for the bridge and the opposite dental, and a wax-type imprint of the bite. Your dentist will then choose a shade. If all goes well, your dentist will send these to a dental laboratory to have the final bridge fabricated. Your dentist will fabricate an acrylic bridge (i.e., a temporary bridge) for you to wear while your bridge is being made by the laboratory. This bridge will be inserted with temporary cement and you will be scheduled for an appointment to return at a certain time for placement of your final bridge.

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