Do You Have Missing Teeth?
A dental bridge may be part of your treatment plan recommended by Dr. David Zelby. As a prosthdontist he lends a specialists viewpoint to all restorative dental bridges and restorative dental procedures. We carefully plan your treatment to give you a fully functional, comfortable and long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may feel discomfort when chewing and speaking and embarrassed because of your smile. Dental bridges can help restore your natural, beautiful smile. A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The adjacent teeth are filed down, and a dental bridge is placed on top, supporting an artificial tooth in the middle. This can help fill in a gap where a tooth is missing from decay, age, or trauma. Other alternatives to dental bridges are dental implants and partial dentures.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridge” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Dental bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a dentist can only remove fixed dental bridges.
The gap left from a missing tooth needs to be addressed to avoid the shifting of adjacent teeth. Bridges use the two surrounding teeth to hold up the false tooth, called the pontic, above the gum line to act as a replacement. Two crowns that are fused to the pontic and bonded to the top of the surrounding teeth support the bridge. This requires that the dentist remove a small part of the enamel from the adjacent teeth to properly bond the crowns over the top and keep the bridge in place. Bridges are most often made with porcelain to blend with the patient’s smile cosmetically. Other alternatives to dental bridges are dental implants and partial dentures.