What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement that restores one or a few missing teeth to enhance your smile and tooth functionality. To fill in a gap, a pontic tooth is suspended between the surrounding teeth after placing dental crowns over them. 

There are four different types of dental bridges but a traditional bridge consists of a pontic tooth that is connected to the crowns in one restoration, forming a bridge. Other bridges involve replacing the abutment teeth with dental implants, connecting the pontic tooth with one dental crown on the tooth next to the gap, or holding the pontic tooth in place with wings that extend behind the teeth and are bonded in place.

The bridge is shade-matched to your natural teeth so it blends in with your smile. Contact us at Foothill Modern Dental today to schedule a consultation.

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Did you know…

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A dental bridge has a maximum lifespan of 15 years.

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How It Works: The Dental Bridge Process

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Dr. Sarno will examine your teeth to rule out oral health problems and determine if you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge.

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Local Anesthesia

Before using any dental drills, we will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth.

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A dental drill is used to file down the enamel on the abutment teeth to create enough space to receive dental crowns.

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After filing your teeth, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your dental crowns.

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Bridge Fabrication

It can take a few weeks for the dental lab to finish fabricating your bridge. We will place a temporary bridge over your teeth while you wait.

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Crown Placement

Once your official bridge has been created, we will bond the dental crowns to your abutment teeth and the bridge will fill in the gap between with a pontic tooth that is connected in the middle.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

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Prevents Shifting Teeth

When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth will shift or lean into the space where your old tooth was. This can lead to crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, and can make replacing the tooth more difficult if the surrounding teeth begin drifting into the space. You will then need orthodontic treatment to correct your misaligned teeth so you can replace the tooth. This is why it’s important to replace a missing tooth right away. Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in place with dental cement so you don’t have to worry about them moving or falling out.

Fills in Gaps

Losing teeth will leave noticeable gaps in your mouth which can reduce the aesthetics of your smile and cause insecurity. When gaps are visible when you smile, you may feel insecure and begin to avoid social functions and photographs. 

This can reduce your quality of life and self-esteem. By replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the gaps are filled in with what looks like natural teeth that match the shade of your surrounding teeth.

Restore Tooth Functionality

If you’re missing teeth, normal tooth functions like chewing and speaking become more difficult. Food particles can begin to accumulate in the socket, making it more difficult to keep clean, reduced support to your facial muscles can cause your face to sag, and you may need to give up some of your favorite foods if they’re too difficult to eat.

Did you know…

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An implant-supported bridge will prevent bone resorption from missing teeth.


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