In a dental context, while there are no bodies of water involved, the principle is similar. A bridge crosses the space left by a missing tooth or other dental gap and helps secure the teeth on either side. This serves a variety of purposes:
A bridge is comprised of two dental caps that are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, with however many false teeth required filling in the space. These false teeth are also known as “pontics”.
Dental bridges come in three main types:
Getting a bridge put in place is actually quite a simple procedure.
Here in at Lehi Hadfield Dental Care office we can complete it within two visits. First, the abutment teeth (those on either side of the gap) are prepared and impressions are molded. Then, on the next visit the new bridge is inspected and installed. Further checkups and maintenance may be required for specific patients.
The materials composing your bridge are reliant on several factors, such as the location where the bridge will be installed, your overall dental condition and budget. Bridges can be formed from a combination of materials such as gold, porcelain, steel, zirconia, and alumina.