Why patients choose dental bridges for tooth replacement
One of the most tried-and-true methods of replacing missing teeth is the dental bridge. Dental bridges are a reliable choice for many of our patients seeking a more fixed restoration when compared to partial dentures. Dr. Rich Flores of Willoughby, Ohio, is a restorative dentist who is pleased to offer his patients the choice of dental bridges and other alternatives such as dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed restoration created by Dr. Flores and his team to provide the replacement of one or more lost teeth in a row. This restoration is made of zirconia to match the patient’s current smile. Crowns are fused to false teeth called pontics to create a restoration that uses the adjacent teeth for support. The restoration is bonded into place and can last many years with proper care and attention.
How is a dental bridge made?
First, patients will talk to their dentist about their need for smile restoration. Once patients have chosen to move forward with the fabrication and placement of a dental bridge, the surrounding teeth are prepared for the bridge by shaping. This is done to allow room for the crowns to be seated properly. Dr. Flores will then take digital impressions of the prepared area with an intraoral scanner and will then send these images to a dental laboratory, where the fabrication of the final dental bridge is completed. Patients return to have the dental bridge bonded in place once it is done.