A Dental Bridge, which can also be known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth. It does this by permanently joining adjacent teeth by using dental implants.
Since there are many different types of dental bridges available, it all depends on how the Dental Bridge is fabricated. It also depends on how it anchors onto the adjacent teeth. Dental Bridges are most commonly made by being fabricated outside of the mouth in a dental lab and cemented in afterward.
How Are Dental Bridges Made?
Dental Bridges are fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). The two anchoring teeth are called an abutment. The abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material being used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth. It is important that the abutment is in correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.
The false teeth that are made are called pontics. They can be made from gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.