There are several types of bridges. Dr Davis will discuss and present the best options for your particular case to you. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper care.
Reasons for a fixed dental bridge:
- Missing teeth and you’re not a candidate for dental implants
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speech
First Appointment- 1 1/2- 2 hours
While the teeth are numb, Dr Davis will prepre the two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made by Dr Davis that you will wear until your second appointment.
Second Appointment- Two weeks later- 45-60 mins
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr Davis may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. In these cases the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.