Porcelain Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth the loss of those teeth might adversely affect your mouth. The negative effects of one or more missing teeth could include the shifting of other teeth, a change in the bite, TMJ disorders, a speech impediment, an increased risk for periodontal disease, and a greater chance of tooth decay.

There are several types of fixed (cannot be removed) bridges. These include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin bonded bridges. A conventional and cantilever fixed bridge involves shaping the teeth around the missing tooth. Crowns (caps) are then placed on the shaped teeth and joined to a new tooth (called a pontic) that is used to replace the missing tooth. A resin-bonded bridge, where less preparation of adjacent teeth is required, is often used for the front teeth, providing that the adjoining teeth do not have extensive dental fillings or unhealthy gums. If you exercise proper dental hygiene, your bridges can last for up to 15 years.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

Dr. Dolby will examine the health of your gums and other teeth to evaluate if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. You will then be given a local anesthetic, after which Dr. Dolby will prepare the teeth required to support the bridge. If the support teeth are badly broken down or decayed, Dr. Dolby may have to build them up before they can be used as support teeth for the bridge. Dr. Dolby will take an impression of the prepared teeth with a putty-like material that is used to create a model of your teeth. Your bridge will be fabricated on this model our skilled lab technician so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth.

While your bridge is being fabricated, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage until the permanent bridge is made.

To complete the dental bridge treatment, you will return to our office for a second visit to have your new bridge fitted and cemented permanently.