Bridges & Partials
Learn about Dental Bridges & Partials
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between healthy teeth and a decayed or missing tooth! They are a wonderful restoration option for patients who do not have enough bone structure to support a dental implant, or who do not want to commit to an implant. Bridges are a less costly alternative to replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant, and will still provide a long-lasting restoration to your smile!
Why Choose A Dental Bridge?
Even a single missing tooth can have far-reaching negative effects on your oral health and appearance. A missing tooth can cause difficulty speaking and eating, and over time will result in the shifting of other teeth, bone loss, sagging facial features, an uneven bite, and an increased risk of periodontal (gum) issues.
For the benefit of your oral health and well being, we always strongly recommend replacing missing teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge is an effective and long-lasting solution for replacing a missing tooth and avoiding the above-mentioned problems.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are re-shaped so that the crowns can be placed over them. An impression of the teeth is made, which is sent to a dental lab to create the bridge. Dr. Sam Koo will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while your bridge is being crafted.
During your second visit, Dr. Sam Koo will remove the temporary bridge and check and adjust the new permanent bridge as necessary. He will confirm that the permanent bridge matches the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, and also check for proper fit and bite. Multiple visits may be needed to ensure that the bridge is fitting properly before cementing it permanently into place.
The traditional 3-unit dental bridge consists of the replacement tooth (the pontic) held in place on either side by dental crowns (abutments), which are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The procedure is similar to that of receiving a dental crown, and typically two or more visits are required.