Often called a fixed bridge or fixed partial denture, dental bridges are frequently selected as a permanent way to replace missing or damaged teeth. Bridges are most often made from porcelain, as it is strong and can be made to match the colour and smooth texture of your teeth, therefore ensuring that your new dental hardware looks perfectly natural.
Once constructed, these porcelain teeth are held in place by attaching them to the teeth surrounding the missing tooth using crowns.
1. Site Preparation
First, Dr. Clark will prepare the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. He will shave away just enough of these teeth to ensure that the crown placed on each of them is firm. These crowns are an integral part of the dental bridge.
After the surrounding teeth have been prepared, Dr. Clark will determine the exact size of the crowns and the optimum size of the bridge needed to fill the gap. This ensures that the new piece fits perfectly, in both proportion and alignment, with the rest of your teeth. This evaluation is critical. With a proper fit, when your mouth closes your teeth will come into contact at exactly the right places, which will protect the joints in your jaw and optimize the functioning and the comfort of muscles involved in mouth movement.
3. Custom Fabrication
Next, after completing an iTero digital scan of your mouth, it is sent electronically to the dental lab where a technician then fabricates your bridge to fit precisely in the specified space. In the meantime, Dr. Clark will install a temporary bridge using a light adhesive so that you will be comfortable until the permanent bridge is constructed.
Once the bridge arrives, Dr. Clark will place it in your mouth to ensure that it is a perfect match and that your teeth meet together comfortably. He will then permanently cement the bridge in place, firmly anchoring it to the surrounding healthy teeth.