Dental Bridges in Norwood
A dental bridge is a common method of filling gaps caused by missing teeth. Typically, in this procedure, crowns are placed on the two teeth lined next to the gap to act as support systems. A replica tooth, known as a pontic, is then placed between the crowns; it is held in place by the surrounding teeth.
It is important that you correct any dental gaps. Breaches can result in a person’s teeth shifting, which can, in return, cause a painful bite and may even lead to more severe dental complications. ,
Types of dental bridges
There are three types of dental bridges that are most commonly used
1. Traditional fixed bridge - This is the most common type of dental bridge in which porcelain crowns are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to hold the false tooth in place. The replica tooth is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
2. Cantilever bridge – A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are used typically in areas of your mouth that don’t experience intense chewing, such as your front teeth.
3. Resin-bonded bridge - In a resin-bonded bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a plastic, false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth.
How it's done
This procedure is typically completed within two to three visits. During the first visit, the teeth surrounding the gap are prepared for the crown placement, and impressions are made of the teeth. The impressions are then sent to a laboratory that will create the unique crowns, as well as the bridge. The patient is usually given a temporary bridge to protect them while the bridge and crowns are prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge and crowns received from the laboratory are fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit.