Dental Bridges: Bridges the Gap for a Perfect Smile
A dental bridge does exactly that: bridges a gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A false tooth, called a pontic, is placed between two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The pontic can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Bridges served multiple purposes:
Create a perfect smile
Help your ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Prevent teeth from moving out of position
Dr. Khoury will provide a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge and to determine the type of bridge that would benefit you most.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are preparedly recontouring these teeth. This process removes a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of your teeth are then made, which serve as a model for the bridge, pontic, and crowns. Dr. Khoury will craft a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your permanent bridge is being created.
During your return visit, Dr. Khoury will remove your temporary bridge. The new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to ensure a perfect fit. Follow up visits may be required, depending on each individual's case. If the dental bridge is a permanent bridge, the doctor may temporarily cement it in place and have you return in a couple of weeks to make sure it fits comfortably. After the testing period, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.