Teeth-Supported Crowns and Bridges
Images above from actual patient of Dr. Bonilla
How do fixed bridges work?
The bridge is anchored by a tooth on teeth either side of your missing tooth, which are called abutment teeth. The tooth that replaces your missing tooth is called a pontic. The pontic is cemented onto the abutment teeth in order to support it. Once it is in place a fixed bridge will look as natural as your own teeth.
How are fixed bridges applied?
Dr. Bonilla will shape your tooth or teeth in order to make them smaller and ensure that the bridge fits properly. Then an impression will be taken of the reduced tooth or teeth. During the period of waiting for the bridge to be made, the doctor will fit you with a temporary bridge to avoid any embarrassment.
When the new bridge has been made, you will see the doctor for your second appointment and your fixed bridge will be fitted.
How do I look after a Fixed Bridge?
Cutting down on foods that aren’t good for your teeth, such as sugar will be a big help. Dental hygiene is very important and you should clean and use a mouthwash daily and floss your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay.
How is a Fixed Bridge beneficial?
You will notice an improvement in the way you eat. If you’re missing tooth caused you problems with your speech, you’ll also find that this will improve.