Learn about the Customized Creation of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can provide lifelike restoration for missing teeth. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky work closely with our long-term dental laboratory during the creation of dental bridges. At our Wilmington practice, our doctors customize patients' bridges to meet their aesthetic goals and their budgets. Our bridges are made of the latest materials so they look extremely natural and protect our patients’ bite alignment. Contact Smiles by Emmi Dental Associates to learn more about dental bridges and schedule an appointment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made of several false teeth fused together to form a single unit. Bridges can fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. To place a traditional bridge, Dr. Emmi or one of his associates will place dental crowns over the teeth on either side of the restoration. These two crowns will support the bridge. For maximum stability, you may choose an implant-supported bridge. These restorations attach to two implant posts, which are permanently fixed in your jawbone.
Your bridge can be made of several different materials. Options include:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: These restorations can be made to match your smile, although the metal may start to show through over time.
- Zirconia: Zirconia bridges will closely match the color of your smile and they are nearly as strong as metal.
- IPS e.max®: This advanced porcelain will blend beautifully with your teeth. It is also incredibly durable and has a natural sheen.
During a consultation, one of our doctors will choose the material that is right for you.
Video: Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are used at our Wilmington offices to cover teeth that are weakened or otherwise damaged. They distribute weight evenly in the bite, protecting the natural tooth below. Specialized crowns can also anchor dental bridges to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.
Sizing Your Restoration
It is important that your bridge fit precisely and comfortably in your mouth. The right size restoration will not only enhance your appearance. It will also maintain proper bite alignment and reduce your risk for further dental damage, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and bruxism. To make sure that your bridge is the right size, your dentist will use an intraoral camera to take pictures of your mouth. These images will be incredibly detailed, and they can be magnified many times on a computer screen. Your dentist will also take impressions and make a 3-D model of your teeth.
We will send all of this information to our partner lab. We have worked with the same lab for years, and stand behind the outstanding quality of their work. Typically, it will take 10-12 days to receive your final restoration. However, it could take several weeks, depending on the size and type of bridge. You will be provided with a temporary restoration in the meantime.
Choosing the Right Color
To maintain the beauty of your smile, we will take similar measures to ensure your bridge is color-matched. Before we send your information to the lab, your dentist will use a color guide to find the natural shade of your teeth. This guide will be utilized along with a written description of your tooth. If the color of your teeth is hard to match, you can also go to a local lab to have a custom matching performed in person. We will do everything we can to make sure your restoration complements your smile, even if you have existing restorations in place.
Contact Smiles Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates
To learn more about how bridges are created and begin your fabrication process, contact our office today.