Missing Teeth Replacement in Pittsburgh
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the space where a tooth or teeth are missing and is supported by teeth (or implants). Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges (removable partial dentures), as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer much more stability than their removable counterparts.
How is a bridge attached?
The entire procedure usually takes three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Supowitz will prepare the teeth (or implants) on either side of the space and create and place a plastic temporary bridge.
At the second appointment, impressions are taken of the supporting teeth (or dental implants). (Following this appointment, the final bridge is then precisely fabricated to ensure excellent esthetics, fit and bite.)
At the third appointment, the final bridge is refined for bite and color and cemented over the supporting natural teeth (or dental implants).
What materials are used?
In our office, bridges are constructed from biocompatible gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The result is strong, natural looking teeth.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing keeps the supporting teeth (or implants) clean and the gums healthy. This is of critical importance.