Dental Bridges

Why Choose a Dental Bridge?

Bridges, sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, are often used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges literally “bridge” the space between existing teeth where a tooth or teeth are no longer present. The bridge is held in place by crowns on the teeth on either side of the missing teeth.

  • The teeth on either side of the space to be replaced are prepared, as shown above, to place crowns that will hold bridge in place.
  • Then dental impressions, tooth shade, and dental records are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated.
  • At the same time, a temporary bridge is made to wear while the permanent bridge is made.
  • At the second appointment the temporary bridge is removed, the permanent bridge is fitted and then cemented in place. This cemented bridge cannot be removed, except by the dentist.
  • Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support.
  • In circumstances where there are no teeth present to hold the bridge, implants may be placed to be used as the anchors to hold the bridge.

Bridges usually require extra care to keep clean from plaque and food particles. Without proper care bridges can fail due to gum disease or decay.

If you have missing teeth and would like to have them replaced to help your appearance and be able to eat your food better, talk to Dr. Krueger about whether bridges are a good option for you.