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A dental bridge is a permanent oral appliance that replaces a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
The most common type of dental bridges is the traditional crown bridge. Crowns are placed on two original teeth (abutment teeth) and are used to anchor the artificial replacement tooth (pontic) into position between them, filling the open space where your tooth (or teeth) used to be.
Dental bridgework is an effective alternative to partial dentures, and they can help you eat and speak better as well as restoring your teeth's appearance.
The bridge device may be made from several different types of material, including porcelain, gold and metal alloys. If you're replacing a front tooth, porcelain is most often the material used because it can be matched to your natural tooth color.
During your first visit and under anesthesia, the dentist will remove some of the enamel and dentin from the abutment teeth to make space for the dental crown. A mold will be taken or a digital scan will be made and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be constructed.
You'll wear a temporary bridge over those teeth for the next few weeks to protect them until the permanent bridge is placed.
During your second visit, the dentist will carefully check the crowns and bridge for a proper fit before cementing the bridge into place.
Good candidates for dental bridges will:
Are you considering a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth - or multiple teeth? Make an appointment at Dentistry Of Oxnard today and find out if dental bridgework is the right solution for you.
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