Bridges protect and restore the form and function of damaged teeth.
Dental bridges are a type of general and cosmetic dentistry restoration used to replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth (known as pontics) that are held in place by dental crowns or other supporting structures that are anchored to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap. They’re called a “bridge” because like a bridge, the crowns form a single unit which is anchored on two sides and which connects a gap between teeth.
Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. At Sandy Dental, we offer bridges made of porcelain or zirconia, as these materials resist staining and provide strength and durability.
The process of getting a dental bridge in Miami begins with a consultation. Here, the best cosmetic dentist will explain treatment plan options. After the consultation, a dental bridge typically requires at least two appointments.
During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the supporting teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the bridge. At our office, we then use our iTero scanner to take a digital impression of the teeth. This file is then sent electronically to a dental laboratory, where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be placed on the teeth, to protect them until the final bridge is ready and for aesthetic purposes. The fabrication of the bridge usually takes between 10-21 days (depending on the complexity of the bridge and the lab’s case load).
At the second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and the final bridge will be cemented into place. The dentist will check the fit and color of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it feels comfortable and looks natural.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years and help to restore the function and appearance of the smile. Patients should follow good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to help extend the life of their bridge and prevent recuring decay. Regular dental visits and cleanings are also very important to monitor the state of the bridge.
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