Crowns & Bridges

Replace A Missing Tooth With A Bridge

May 16 • 2 minute read

If you’ve felt self-conscious about a missing tooth, there’s a solution for you -- and your prosthodontist can easily perform a procedure to restore your smile. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of bridges.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is comprised of two or more “anchoring” crowns that fit over teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge holds an abutment in place to fill that gap from the missing tooth. It’s also held in place by dental implants.

If there are several adjacent missing teeth to be replaced, implants are first embedded into the bone and abutments are attached to the titanium posts. The bridge is secured onto these and includes replacement in between

A dental bridge is an effective and highly common way to replace missing teeth.

What Kind Of Dental Bridge Will My Prosthodontist Use?

There are a few different types of bridges. You and your dental professional will discuss the best options for your particular case.

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 extremely durable and will last many years, but they may require replacement or re-cementation due to normal wear.

Other types of bridges:

  • Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This type is no longer common and is not recommended in the back of the mouth, where it can place force on other teeth and damage them.

  • Maryland bonded bridges are created using porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings -- usually on just one side of the bridge -- are then bonded to your natural teeth.

Why Does My Prosthodontist Recommend A Fixed Bridge?

There are a few reasons why Scottsdale prosthodontist Dr. Bleeker might suggest a bridge for your teeth:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.

  • Maintain facial shape.

  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.

  • Restore your smile.

  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

What Is The Bridge Procedure Like?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits to your prosthodontist. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.

Next, a detailed impression (mold) is made and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will also be created and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the follow-up visit, your bridge will be carefully examined, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get accustomed to the new bridge. It will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive specific care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular prosthodontist visits will help extend the life of your new, permanent bridge.

Contact Dr. Bleeker today to schedule a consultation and find out more about replacing a missing tooth with a bridge -- and get your smile back on track!


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