When it comes to missing teeth, our patients at KK Dental have a few viable options for restoration. One of the most common solutions is known as a dental bridge. As the name suggests, a dental bridge quite literally bridges gaps among teeth. It is a false prosthetic tooth that replaces the missing tooth and is supported by anchoring or abutment teeth on either (or just one) side.
The prosthetic tooth may also be known as a false or artificial tooth, but it’s also called a pontic. A pontic is typically made of porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain. This allows for accurate color matching with the adjacent teeth and the rest of the smile.
The supporting abutment tooth or teeth may be your natural, original teeth, or they can be implants.
A dental bridge procedure requires at least two visits to our office. During your first visit, your dentist will get started on preparation. This involves placing the crowns or metal framework on the anchor teeth. Your dentist will also take an impression of the area for the pontic to be constructed accurately. Before this visit is complete, a temporary artificial tooth will be placed. The temporary pontic protects the delicate area.
Once your permanent artificial tooth is ready, you will come for your next appointment. Your dentist will remove the temporary prosthesis and fit the permanent bridge. They will make all of the necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort before the pontic is permanently cemented into place. This process may take a few visits to our office but ensures the most comfortable and natural-looking result.
Many people think of dental implants for the replacement of a missing tooth. A dental bridge is not a permanent fix for a missing tooth, whereas an implant usually is. However, with proper dental hygiene habits, a dental bridge can last upwards of 15 years.
If you’re having an implant-supported bridge placed, then implants will be surgically installed before the dental bridge procedure.
The experts at KK Dental will guide you through the entire dental bridge procedure to make sure you’re comfortable and satisfied.