A missing tooth can be replaced by using two or more surrounding teeth as anchors to hold up a pontic in between. Pontics are false teeth that can be made from gold, alloys. porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The two or more surrounding teeth will be prepped and capped with a crown. The crowns will be attached to each other with the pontic tooth in the middle.
Bridges are a more affordable method of replacing teeth than getting dental implants. They are great at restoring your smile and maintaining the shape of our face.
Bridges will prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place. With your bridge in place you will also be able to properly chew and speak for many years to come. Replacing missing teeth is essential for proper distribution of forces in your bite and long-term health of your jaw.
During your first visit we will recontour the surrounding teeth in order to create room for the crown to be placed over them. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth, which will serve as models for creating your bridge. We will make a temporary bridge for you to wear between your first and next visit to protect your teeth while the bridge is being made.
During your second visit the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be checked for proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to achieve the proper fit. Depending on the dentist’s discretion your bridge might me temporarily cemented for a few weeks in order to ensure proper fit.
Once proper fit is achieved your bridge will be permanently cemented.
Ghafoor Ghamary D.D.S., M.S. | Parisa Tabar D.D.S., M.S.