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Bridges

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A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration.  It is used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently two or more adjacent teeth or dental implants.

When restoring an edentulous (toothless) space with a crown on both sides and a pontic (dummy tooth) in between, the restoration is referred to as a bridge. There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.

The dental appointment is very similar to that of a crown appointment. It will usually take 2 appointments about 2 - 3 weeks apart. The first visit will prepare the teeth, make an impression of the teeth and place a temporary bridge. The second visit will be to seat the bridge using dental cement. The bridge is usually made by a dental laboratory.

The materials used for the bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in the correct situation, porcelain alone.  The recipient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis. Dr. Platt strives to provide you with the most functional and esthetically pleasing bridge. He wants his patients in the Tyler area to have a beautiful smile.