A dental bridge is a way to replace missing teeth by using a fixed appliance. Dr. Brusky will discuss which option is best for you to help you achieve your smile goals.
The traditional bridge used to be the most popular option before the advent of implants. Nonetheless some patients simply can’t have an implant and therefore a fixed bridge is the next best option. It is made of porcelain fused to metal or can be completely metal free. This option can be made to closely resemble the natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth, and are then attached to artificial teeth, or pontics, to fill the gap created by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear or decay on one of the abutments.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- 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 fixed, non-removable dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
A bridge usually requires two or more visits. Your teeth will be numbed and then the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing just enough enamel to allow for a crown. If a tooth needs to be extracted, it will most likely be done at this first visit. A temporary bridge is made while healing of the socket takes place. Dr. Brusky likes to wait at least 3 months for this, since significant shrinkage of the gum and jaw bone can take place.
On the second visit, after further preparation if needed, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A new temporary bridge will be made and worn for about 2 more weeks until your next appointment.
At your final visit, your definitive (real) bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanently cemented bridge.
Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky stands out from other area dentists for his exceptional attention to detail, gentle and thorough exams, and beautiful cosmetic dentistry results. Together with his well trained team at The Center for Dental Excellence, he provides patients in the De Pere, Pulaski, Seymour and Shawano areas with a host of dental services. From routine cleanings and exams, to cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, E. Max crowns and bridges, and cosmetic gum recontouring, he and his team provide patients with beautiful, natural looking smiles. Dr. Brusky even provides oral cancer screenings and treatment for periodontal disease, so patients can have all of their dental care needs met at The Center for Dental Excellence.