A dental bridge does exactly what its name infers, literally crossing the space between missing teeth and covering a gap by using two anchoring teeth as support. Abutment teeth, as the anchors are called, hold up the false teeth which are called pontics. Pontics are made from various materials, the most popular of which is porcelain, but can be made from gold, alloys, or a combination. Dental bridges may be anchored to either natural teeth or implants.
Recontouring and prepping the abutment teeth is usually what happens on the first visit to the dentist for a dental bridge. This requires removing a miniscule amount of enamel for the crown to bond and be cemented on the anchor teeth. After this is done, a mold of your teeth is made and sent to the lab for creation of the crowns, pontic and bridge. Normally, a temporary bridge will be worn to shield the teeth that have been recontoured until your permanent bridge is completed and fitted.
Your next visit will replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one. After that, it may take multiple appointments continue to adjust the fit of the metal framework properly, but once it is considered settled into place the dentist will cement it permanently.
If you have missing teeth requiring a dental bridge Dr. Thomas E. Wold will be happy to help you. Please contact Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry to make an appointment at: 541.389.1301, or come by our office in