All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining
proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss does not necessarily have
to occur as you age. But if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to
maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options
for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches
artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges
are either permanently attached
(fixed bridges) or they can be removable
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance
to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many
daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it is difficult
to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges
are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth
are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed
by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can
be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge.
A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth
may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed
to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and
other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects
of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders because they are used to make
many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete.
At the first appointment, Dr. Koutrach will prepare the teeth on either
side of the gap.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite
and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and
sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space
left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth.
Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain,
or a combination of these materials.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding
teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the
neighboring teeth for support.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme and may be beyond repair,
we can use porcelain or porcelain "pasted-on-gold" crowns to
make the smile appear like new. This is an extremely reliable technique
for repairing the most severe dental problems, even permanently replacing
missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are
renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make
for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting
correction of major dental problems.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Usually we need two visits to fabricate a crwon, the first vist is designated
to prepare the damaged tooh, make an impression and fabricate the temporary
crwon, the second visit will be to fit and cement thte crown.
Why we need a crown vs a filling?
When a tooth is damged very severely becasue of a decay or fracture , the
crown will restore the original tooth contour and protect the tooth from
any further damage and also the crown will last for a very long time compare
to a filling.