A bridge is a permanent dental prosthetic that replaces absent teeth. In traditional prosthetic dentistry, a bridge consists of a few teeth attached to a base, and the appliance is secured with crowns placed on natural, healthy teeth.
A Bridge is Not a Partial
Unlike a partial, a bridge replaces one tooth or a few teeth in a row. To replace teeth in various positions with one appliance, you’ll need a partial denture. Many people call a bridge a fixed denture, but this is not an accurate description. While a bridge is fixed, or non-removable, it is not a partial denture.
Receiving Your Custom Dental Bridge
Designing and securing your bridge will require multiple appointments. At your first visit following the initial consultation, Dr. Chin will prepare the abutment teeth—those teeth that will be crowned to hold the bridge in place. A temporary bridge or crowns may be worn for the week or two until your next visit. During this time, a lab technician will fabricate your custom bridge based on dental molds and Dr. Chin’s instructions. When the bridge is ready, you’ll return to our office, and Dr. Chin will replace your temporary restoration with the permanent prosthetic.
After a Bridge
Your new bridge will look natural and fit properly with opposing teeth. Care for the appliance as you do your natural teeth, brushing twice and flossing once a day. If you notice lingering discomfort or any abnormalities before your next visit, simply call Dr. Chin to schedule a visit.
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