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Dental Bridges and Dentures

dentist partial denture bridge
Porcelain bridge fused to gold crowns
Cemented bridgework applied

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges, like dental implants and dental implant retained dentures, are used to replace missing teeth. There are several types of fixed dental bridges that cannot be removed by the patient.

One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause shifting of teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease, and a greater chance of tooth decay.

The materials used for bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in some situations, porcelain alone. The amount and type of reduction done to the supporting teeth varies slightly with the different materials used. The patient having such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis.

What is the procedure for getting a dental bridge?

During your first visit, your doctor examines the health of your gums and other teeth to evaluate if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. If you are a candidate, you are given a local anesthetic so your dentist can prepare the teeth required to support the bridge. If the support teeth are decayed or badly broken down, we may have to build them back up before they can be used to support a bridge.

Next, an impression is made of the prepared teeth with a putty-like material that is used to create a model of your teeth. A dental bridge is then made from the model by a skilled technician in a dental lab, so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth. It is important that your restoration fit perfectly to avoid additional oral health problems such as tooth decay.

While your bridge is being made, your doctor will fit you with a temporary bridge which will protect the teeth and gums from damage until your permanent bridge is ready.

Call a New Haven Dental Group dentist office now, we look forward to caring for you very well!