Bridges are most often used to replace missing teeth rather than covering or repairing existing ones. A synthetic replacement known as a pontic is affixed to the existing teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing ones, thus “bridging” them together! The pontics are anchored to the neighboring teeth using connective elements called abutments. Not only do they restore an incomplete smile, they also help prevent issues that often accompany missing teeth, such as bone loss and gum recession. Bridges generally require two appointments as well, one to take an impression of the patient’s current teeth and a second to apply the bridges.
If you have any questions about crowns and bridges or their application or you would like to learn more about Hall Family Dentistry’s specific process, don’t hesitate to call us today at (317)-356-0919 or send us a message.