What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a custom-made appliance that is anchored to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. The replacement teeth, known as pontics, are then suspended between the abutment teeth, filling the gap and restoring the patient’s ability to chew and speak properly. Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials such as metal alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic or all-resin.
The procedure for getting a dental bridge typically involves two or more appointments. The first appointment, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the bridge. An impression of the prepared teeth will be taken and sent to the dental lab to create the bridge. At the second appointment, the bridge will be placed and adjusted for proper fit and bite. The final step is to bond the bridge to the abutment teeth.
Dental bridges can be an effective way to replace missing teeth and restore the patient’s ability to chew and speak properly. They can also help to maintain the shape of the face, and can prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position. Like any dental restoration, bridges require proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity. It’s important to have a good oral hygiene and regular dental check-up to ensure the longevity of the bridge.