Dental bridges at Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea are a great way to replace missing teeth by bridging the lower or upper jaw gap. Bridges are made of porcelain fused to metallic alloy. The use of porcelain is for an attractive appearance, and the use of underlying metal is to ensure strength and durability. Recently they are made of a rigid ceramic substrate such as zirconium.
Making a bridge begins by preparing the existing teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth. The enamel of the existing teeth is reduced to provide space for bridge materials. Then, an impression is taken and sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician makes a model of the prepared teeth and customizes the bridge to fit the same bite with the proper materials. While waiting for the technician to fabricate the bridge, a temporary bridge is fashioned to cover the prepared teeth. Once our dentists near you receive the dental bridge, it is cemented on the prepared teeth with a suitable cement and checked for comfort.
The bridge may take some time to be tolerated; then, it should be reasonably comfortable. Like any oral appliances, oral hygiene, and follow-up dental office visits are highly recommended to ensure its workability and longevity.