A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis used for replacing missing teeth in the oral cavity. It can either replace a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth in the arch by using teeth adjacent to the socket as anchors. The prosthesis only replaces the crown portion of the missing tooth, and effectively restores functionality, as well as aesthetics.
Depending upon the location of the empty sockets in the oral cavity, bridges can be fabricated using a number of different materials such as porcelain, metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Anterior teeth may be replaced using porcelain and PFM bridges, whereas posterior teeth can be replaced with the help of metal and PFM bridges.
The procedure involves slight cutting down of the tooth on either side of the empty socket; which will then act as a supporting shoulder for the fabricated artificial crown. Once the ideal height has been achieved, an impression is taken on the basis of which a bridge is fabricated in the dental laboratory. Following a trial session, the bridge is then carefully cemented on to the teeth with the help of a strong dental cement or bonding agent.
Because they use the support of natural teeth in the oral cavity, bridges are generally strong and can easily withstand the forces of mastication without fracturing. It is however important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent accumulation of calculus under and around the hollow crown that replaces the missing tooth. Call today for a free Consultation.