A bridge is one of the (few) options that you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth. The replacement of these missing teeth is necessary in order to maintain (the) proper mouth functions, both esthetic and functional. Tooth loss can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.
Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very similar in that the replacement teeth are supported by the natural teeth on either side of the space. This bridge acts as your new teeth, closing the gap and restoring your smile. Bridges are often constructed of gold or metal foundations with porcelain fused to the foundation or with an all-ceramic substructure and an esthetic porcelain cover. This ensures that the bridge will support the normal functions of the mouth.
The procedure begins with preparation of the natural teeth, or abutments. We will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each tooth and will be able to seal the area where the crown ends and the tooth begins. The next step is to take an impression of the area. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or unattractive tooth.
Depending on the number of teeth involved and the complexity of the restoration the total treatment time may take a number of weeks to months. We will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your teeth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation - Before & After
- What is a Prosthodontist?
- Sleep Apnea/Snoring
- Dental Implants
- Bonding/White Fillings
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Beyond Cosmetic
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- Dr. Cohen was a consultant to the 3M corporation during the early phases of tooth bonding.
- Dr. Cohen while on the faculty of Temple University School of Dentistry lectured on color matching and porcelain color shading.