Apart from making your mouth whole by filling gaps in your teeth, there are many other things that dental bridges repair. They keep the remaining teeth from drifting, they make chewing and speaking properly possible, and restore an unaligned bite.
Dental bridges can be anchored to dental implants, or to living, natural teeth that are deemed strong enough supports. The name describes exactly what it does. Dental bridges quite literally span the space between missing teeth by using two anchoring teeth as support for the false teeth. The teeth that act as supports for the denture are called abutment teeth. Pontics are the name given to the false teeth that bridge the gap. Different materials are used to make the pontics, substances like gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination.
When you go in for the initial operation for a dental bridge, the first thing that happens is preparation of the abutment teeth. This requires recontouring by taking off a small amount of enamel in order to bond a crown to be placed upon them. Next, a mold is made of your teeth and sent to the lab where the crowns, pontic and bridge will be created. While you wait for the permanent bridge, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect the teeth that have been recontoured until your permanent bridge is completed and fitted.
A follow-up visit to the dental office is required in order to replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one. In fact, multiple visits may be needed to adjust the fitting properly as the metal framework settles into the mouth, but once the dentist is satisfied that it is firmly in place the dentist will cement it permanently.
If you have missing teeth requiring a dental bridge Dr. Casey Witty will be happy to help you. Please contact Witty Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to make an appointment at: 859-881-4633, or come by our office in Nicholasville, Kentucky.