A bridge, also called a fixed partial denture, is one way to replace a missing tooth. At Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, serving residents in and around Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team can evaluate whether a bridge is the right solution for your oral health needs.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by connecting the replacement tooth to the adjacent teeth.
Making a bridge involves preparing the teeth adjacent to the missing space for a crown. The dentist removes some tooth structure around the two nearby teeth to make room for the bridge. The dentist takes a mold of the prepared teeth and sends it to an expert laboratory for the bridge to be made. A temporary bridge is placed until the permanent model comes in.
In about two weeks, the permanent bridge is ready, and you come in for another appointment to have the last bridge cemented in place.
Bridges are made of different compounds. The type you choose depends on where in your mouth they’ll be placed.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
This is a tooth-colored porcelain bridge surrounding a metal core, making it many times stronger than an all-ceramic bridge. The metal core is only "high noble," which means it’s composed mostly of gold or platinum. High noble metal offers the best fit and rarely causes allergic reactions. Because metal lies under the porcelain, it blocks natural tooth translucency and isn’t as aesthetically appealing as an all-ceramic bridge.
All-Ceramic Bridge or Porcelain with Ceramic Substrate
This is the most attractive of all bridges, but it’s not as durable as the other types. Translucency is usually excellent. Use these bridges on front teeth or teeth that are highly visible. Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry uses only the best materials for all-ceramic bridges, but because these bridges don’t have metal, they don’t have the same longevity as PFM bridges.
Full Gold Bridge
This bridge is composed of only high noble metal (about 72% gold or 18 karat gold and 3.5% platinum). High noble metal fits better and is much less likely to cause allergic reactions in patients. Full gold bridges are best for back teeth with low visibility and are manufactured at the patient's request. The primary benefit of a full gold bridge is durability.
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