A Bridge restores missing teeth. The most common bridge is one that restores one missing tooth. Usually there are teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. These teeth are used to hold the bridge in place and restore the missing tooth. A bridge can also restore more than one missing tooth. A bridge is designed to function like real teeth, restore chewing function, and when the tooth is missing in the front, a bridge can restore one’s appearance.
Bridges or Implants: What’s right for me?
A bridge requires at least two teeth to hold it in place. An implant is held in place by a manmade root. There is no need to use the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth, making it a more conservative tooth-replacement option.
Dr. Kolnes and Dr. Khoury would recommend a bridge over an implant in the following circumstances:
- The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are already heavily restored with big fillings or have big cavities.
- The patient has a time limit on when the work has to be completed. An implant from start to finish including the implant crown can take from four to five months before the work is completed. A conventional bridge can be done in two weeks.
Bridge Treatment at Montague Dental Excellence
A bridge procedure takes two separate appointments at our Milpitas dental office. The first appointment is where the two teeth supporting the bridge are restored and prepped with a design to hold the bridge in place. There is an impression taken of the area, with a temporary placed. The impression is sent to a dental lab where the bridge is made. Bridges can be made from either porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain, depending on functional and aesthetic concerns.
The second appointment is where the final restoration is cemented into place. Drs. Kolnes and Khoury will make sure the color matches the surrounding teeth and that the bite is functional.
Caring for Your Bridge
The care for a fixed bridge is very much the same as caring for natural teeth. Flossing and brushing are very important. You will need to floss under the bridge using a floss threader. Regular checkups and professional cleanings at our Milpitas dental office are also necessary to ensure the health of your bridge and of the rest of your teeth.