A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed.
A typical bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding abutments (crowns). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to malocclusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
Traditional porcelain bridges are made with porcelain covering a metal shell. The metal provides strength and support for the porcelain which gives it a natural appearance.
Dr. Janisse will complete a thorough examination and listen to your desires to determine if a bridge is suitable for you.
Why a Bridge?
Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth. These gaps can cause chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth will slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together. A poor bite may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And shifting teeth may change your smile.
Dental Implants, Dentures or Bridges?
If you have broken-down or missing teeth, there are several options available to you, some of which are longer-lasting and more effective at maintaining oral health than others. Which is right for you? Click here for more information.
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Before and After
Bridges - Case History Number 1
This 43 year-old patient was seen on November 1, 2007 with one missing upper front tooth and the other upper front teeth abnormally and unnaturally situated behind the lower front teeth. Her treatment plan called for the removal of the right and left incisor teeth and the creation of a 6-tooth non-removable bridge. The Bridge replaced the tooth that was already missing and the incisors that were removed to put all her upper front teeth into a natural relationship with her lower teeth. The bridge was completed on December 12, 2007 creating a normal and esthetically pleasing look.
Bridges - Case History Number 2
This 17 year-old patient was seen on December 13, 2004 with missing upper right and left incisor teeth. The patient was also missing all of his lower incisor teeth. Upper bridge treatment started on March 29, 2005. On May 17, 2005 a non-removable ceramometal (porcelain fused to metal) bridge was fabricated which replaced his missing upper teeth. On July 17, 2006 the lower bridge was started and on August 3, 2006 the lower-removable ceramometal bridge was finished.