Dental bridges are a restorative dental treatment used to replace missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, but they all share the same basic concept. A bridge attaches to your nearby healthy teeth, and suspends a false tooth in the gap that was previously occupied by your missing tooth.
This restores your smile and your bite, and is an excellent alternative both to partial dentures and dental implants. Bridges look and feel natural, and are very durable and long-lasting while requiring minimal special care. Contact Willow Dental to schedule an appointment in New Berlin today, and see if a bridge is right for you.
To begin the process, you’ll meet with Drs. Jake Jacomet, Nicholas Dwan, or Andrea Emmerich. They will examine your mouth, discuss your oral health and budget, and determine if dental bridges are right for you. If you’re approved, they will schedule a follow-up.
At your next consultation, your teeth will need to be trimmed to prepare for the bridge. This is done after your mouth is cleaned and numbed. Then, impressions are taken of the teeth and sent to a lab where your bridge will be made.
You’ll be sent home with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth. A dental lab will create your bridge based on the impressions sent by Drs. Jake Jacomet, Nicholas Dwan, or Andrea Emmerich, then the lab will send this to our office. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.
At your final appointment, you’ll come to our Willow Dental and Drs. Jake Jacomet, Nicholas Dwan, or Andrea Emmerich will check the fit of your bridge to ensure it looks perfect. Then, it will be attached to your teeth permanently, completing the procedure and restoring your smile.
Traditional dental bridges are used when you've lost one or more teeth, but the nearby teeth are healthy. Two of these teeth, known as the “abutment teeth” are trimmed to accommodate a dental crown. Then, a porcelain dental bridge is built that fits over the abutment teeth, covering them with crowns and suspending one or more false teeth (pontics) in the gap.
This type of bridge is used for front teeth. Unlike the others, it does not require the trimming of any enamel. Instead, a false tooth is built with “wings” on the side. These wings are bonded to the rear surfaces of the front teeth, and hold the false tooth in place. This means they are non-invasive, and require no trimming of healthy teeth.
However, Maryland bridges are a lot less stable than traditional bridges. This is why they are usually only used for front teeth, which do not experience as much force and strain when biting and chewing.