Dental bridges are another great option for patients who are missing teeth. Bridges replace one or more missing teeth by using surrounding teeth, called abutments, to support the missing tooth, called a pontic. The abutment teeth will be evaluated to prove they are healthy and able to withstand masticatory, or chewing, forces. This evaluation will determine the success of a bridge.
The initial dental visit consists of preparing the abutment teeth. These teeth are shaped and reduced to make room for the abutment crowns, and an impression is made and sent to a laboratory. The laboratory uses these impressions to fabricate the underlying metal substructure of the bridge. During the initial visit, a temporary resin bridge is made to cover and protect the abutment teeth and fill the gap from the missing tooth.
During the second visit, a shade is taken to color-match to existing teeth, and the metal substructure is tested for proper fit. A second impression is made to register the patient’s bite and is sent to the lab to create the porcelain bridge and add it to the metal framework. At the final visit, the final bridge is placed, final bite adjustments are made, and then the bridge is cemented into the patient’s mouth.
FAQs About Dental Bridges:
Are Dental Bridges Harder To Maintain Than Natural Teeth Or Implant Teeth?
Yes, bridges are more difficult to maintain because flossing is more difficult. It is not possible to floss between the replacement tooth and the crowns because it is in one piece. Patients will be given special floss devices to assist in the proper cleaning, care and maintenance of dental bridges.
For more information about dental bridges, contact Dr. Rozenberg and the staff at Lana Rozenberg D.D.S. at (212) 265-7724 or click here to schedule a consultation online for our New York City Dental Office.