Dental bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented to existing teeth to repair damage or strengthen a tooth. While crowns are fixed onto teeth for either restorative or cosmetic purposes, dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth.
Bridges are made up of two parts: a pontic, the replacement tooth or teeth, and the abutments, which support the pontic. The abutments are usually crowns that are placed onto either the teeth that neighbor the gap or a dental implant.
To have a dental bridge placed, the abutment teeth must first be prepared. Depending on the location of the gap in the mouth, one or more teeth will have to be prepared to receive a crown. This consists of getting cleaned and filed down a small portion in order to make room for the crown to fit. Dental crowns and bridges are both made in dental laboratories using impressions taken of the teeth. While waiting for the bridge to be completed, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect the prepared teeth. Once it has been completed and has returned to the dentist office, the bridge will be attached to the existing abutment teeth. Adjustments will be made by the dentist as necessary.
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