A bridge is a type of restoration used when a tooth is missing between two existing teeth. It consists of a pontic (false tooth) with crowns attached to both sides. If you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Nathanson may recommend a bridge rather than an implant, especially if the adjoining, or abutting, teeth are already restored in some manner.
Types of Bridges
In the past, Dr. Nathanson has provided bridges made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM). While these are still used, we now recommend full zirconia bridges. They are stronger and far more aesthetic than PFM bridges.
Bridges at Nathanson Dental
If Dr. Nathanson decides that a bridge is your best option, you’ll need to make a few visits to our Hunt Valley dental office. During your first appointment, Dr. Nathanson will prepare the two abutting teeth for their crowns. We will take an impression, which is sent to our lab and used to create your permanent bridge. You’ll leave our office with a temporary bridge, which will allow you to function normally until your bridge is completed.
A few weeks later, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Nathanson will remove your temporary bridge and place your new, permanent bridge.
Caring for Your Bridge
The most important thing you can do to ensure the longevity of your bridge and the health of your remaining teeth is to brush and floss on either side of the bridge. You’ll also need to floss underneath the pontic with a floss threader, super floss, or floss loops.