Apart from making your mouth whole, there are many things that dental bridges repair. They hide the holes that missing teeth make in your mouth, keep the remaining teeth from drifting, make chewing properly possible, and restore an unaligned bite.
As the name infers, dental bridges do exactly that. They literally span the gap between missing teeth using two anchoring teeth as support for the false teeth. The teeth that act as supports for denture are called abutment teeth. Pontics are the name given to the false teeth that bridge the gap. They are made from several materials like gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination. Dental bridges can be anchored to dental implants, or to living, natural teeth that are deemed strong enough supports.
When you go in for the initial operation for a dental bridge, the first thing that happens is preparation of the abutment teeth. This requires recontouring by taking off a small amount of enamel in order to bond a crown to be placed upon them. Next, a mold is made of your teeth and sent to the lab where the crowns, pontic and bridge will be created. While you wait for the permanent bridge, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect the teeth that have been recontoured until your permanent bridge is completed and fitted.
A follow-up visit to the dental office is required in order to replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one. In fact, multiple visits may be needed to adjust the fitting properly as the metal framework settles into the mouth, but once the dentist is satisfied that it is firmly in place the dentist will cement it permanently.
If you have missing teeth requiring a dental bridge Dr. Michael G. Winkelman will be happy to help you. Please contact Meridian Dental Care to make an appointment at: 480-671-1111, or come by our office in Apache Junction, Arizona.