A bridge or a partial denture is an appliance that pretty much spans from one side of the gap to the other side. They can either be fixed or removable.
Is cemented to your teeth and cannot be removed. They can be
A fixed appliance;
made of many different types of materials, the most common being porcelain overlying a zirconium or a metal base.
You can remove this type of bridge at the end of the day for cleaning.
Doctors recommend this when:
- There are no teeth behind the space to provide support for the bridge
- When the teeth on either side of the space are not strong enough to support the bridge
If proper care is given, a bridge can last you eight to fifteen years, even longer.
Signs that you may need a Bridge:
- If you are missing one or more teeth
- If you notice any changes in your bite or appearance
Leaving a space untreated:
This can create a drift of your teeth. Not in a good way. Your teeth on both sides of the space with start to tilt into the gap and create an unstable bite. This is why it is so important to deal with the space before this happens.
The space can be treated by:
- Placing a bridge
- Placing an Implant
- Placing a partial denture (also known as a flipper)
Once your teeth have been fully examined along with your gums and the health of your supporting jaw bone, you and your dentist will then discuss all the different treatment plans that will best suit your needs.
Once you have understood and agreed to continue with treatment, your doctor will then apply a local anesthetic to the area being treated. A mold of your existing teeth will be taken to make a temporary bridge. You will keep this temporary bridge until your final bridge is ready to be placed. This usually takes about two weeks. Once you are nice and numb, the teeth on both sides of the space will be slightly shaved down in order to make room for your new bridge. A mold of the newly prepared teeth will then be taken and sent to the lab. Your temporary bridge will be seated on to your teeth. Another appointment will then be made for you to have your brand new bridge permanently seated in place.