A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining a false tooth crown, known as a pontic, permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration where the dentist takes an impression of the prepared adjacent teeth and sends the impression to the dental lab where the technician creates the bridge in the lab using methods that cannot be performed inside the mouth; however, bridges can sometimes be fabricated directly in the mouth using composite resin.
The material most commonly used for conventional bridges is porcelain fused to metal. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth for a conventional bridge varies slightly with the different materials
Bridges, just like full dentures, perform important roles in regards to function and aesthetics. As with all dental procedures, Dr. Schau takes the time and effort to make sure that the finished result is a perfect match and fit for the patient. If you think you may need a bridge due to a missing tooth, please contact Jennifer M.B. Schau DDS to schedule an appointment and discuss the matter.