Dentist Questions Dental Bridges

How is a bridge attached to the teeth?

I'm 40, and I'm going to have a dental bridge procedure done in a couple of days. But, I'm having trouble understanding how this procedure is performed. Can you explain it to me?

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Teeth next to the missing teeth on each side are prepared to make crowns & missing teeth are attached on both crowns and cemented
Most bridges are done but cutting down or shaping the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, so that a crown can slip over them and hold the fake tooth on either side. If the adjacent teeth are healthy and without fillings, you should also consider a single tooth implant
You are asking about a dental bridge. A dental bridge can be a permanent replacement or it can be a removable appliance. A permanent bridge looks something like this: crown___crown. The crown is your natural tooth. The blank space is the missing tooth. The other crown is your natural tooth. Your natural teeth are prepared for a crown. The blank space is the missing tooth. All three are connected together. The two crowns are cemented on your teeth and will hold your missing tooth. You should be flossing and brushing your natural tooth and you will have to floss and brush your bridge. Make sure you are told how to clean that bridge.
A bridge is attached to the teeth with a strong luting cement. But first, the dentist has to shave down at least two teeth 1.5 to 2 mm to create an aesthetic bridge which fit over top of the two reduced teeth. The dentist will need to take an impression after he or she prepares the teeth, pick a shade, and do a bite registration .
A bridge on natural teeth is cemented on top of two or more support teeth. The missing teeth are replaced by fake teeth that span the space. It looks like natural teeth if done well. The supporting teeth are shaped by being ground down a bit to provide space for the metal and/or porcelain that the bridge is made of.
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A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. Those two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combo of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

The first visit usually when the Dr. will prepare the abutment teeth, which involves in recontouring the teeth by removing some enamel to allow room for the crown to be placed over them. Then they will take some impressions so they can have a model to send to the lab, which will help them make your bridge, pontic, and crowns. The dentist will then make a temporary bridge for you to wear while the lab works on the permanent one.

The second visit is when they will put your permanent bridge in and see if it fits properly, and make any possible adjustments that are needed to achieve a proper fit. Sometimes multiple visits are needed to check the framework and bite, but it varies since each individual case is different.

I hope I was able to cover all the concerns you had, and that you find this information was helpful. :)