A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. In addition to improving the aesthetics of the smile, dental bridges serve to make eating and speaking easier when a patient has teeth that are missing.
In order for a dental bridge to be placed, our Northridge dentist must first prepare the teeth that are surrounding the missing tooth. The surrounding teeth are prepared by being reshaped so that they can be fit with crowns. These crowns are on each end of the bridge, with a prosthetic tooth located in between them. Once in place, the surrounding teeth act as abutments for the prosthetic tooth.
Having a bridge placed usually requires two visits to the dentist. The first visit is when your teeth are prepared for the bridge. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions of the teeth are taken. These impressions are sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be designed. In between appointments, the patient is normally fit with a temporary bridge until the permanent bridge is ready. On the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be tested to make sure that it fits. Once our expert in dental bridges in Northridge is satisfied that the bridge properly fits, it is bonded into placed.