A dental bridge is a custom-made mechanism fastened to adjacent teeth, which replaces one or more missing teeth. When a missing tooth is replaced with a dental bridge, the teeth on both sides of the missing one are prepped as crowns to work as a support mechanism to keep the replacement tooth in position. Crowns and bridges are made out of high-quality materials, such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain, or a blend of the two. Appearance, objective, and tissue match are taken into consideration when determining the best material for you.
In creating traditional dental bridges (also known as ‘fixed bridges’) at our Longmont cosmetic dentistry office, a Pontic (false) tooth is built with a dental crown on each side. From there, the crowns are fit over the natural teeth to keep the false tooth in place.
In a resin connected dental bridge, the Pontic tooth is fused to a metal band. The metal band is fastened to the back of the neighboring teeth with resin cement. A Cantilever bridge is suggested when teeth are only on one side of the gap. Generally traditionally bridges have a crown on one side of the Pontic tooth, but a cantilever bridge has two side by side crowns, while only one is connected to the Pontic.
To form a bridge, we first shrink, then reshape teeth to create space for the crowns. From there, a mold of the teeth is constructed. The mold is then sent to a dental laboratory, where the crowns and bridges are custom made.
Esthetic crowns can be utilized to increase look and purpose. This type of crown should be built for functionality, but with greater emphasis on appearance. For optimal results, porcelain crowns are recommended for the translucent condition which allow the simulation of natural teeth. This is a vital component for both aesthetic crowns and bridges.
With attentive oral hygiene, a dental bridge may hold up to ten years. With improper daily oral care (brushing and flossing), irregular dentist visits, and excessive sugar or starch intake, the bridge may become damaged and need to be replaced sooner. Stop by or call our Longmont cosmetic dentistry office today to learn more about our dental bridge procedures and crowns.