A bridge is an option for correcting tooth loss and maintaining proper mouth function. A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge is fabricated by preparing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for crowns. The final restoration is made up of 3 connected crowns: the crown on the front tooth, the crown to replace the missing tooth, and the crown on the back tooth. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns are added to the bridge to replace all the missing teeth. The final bridge is cemented to the teeth and therefore is not removable.
Bridges are made of the same materials as crowns. They are cleaned by using a floss threader (as you would use a needle and thread) to get under the “fake” tooth and dislodge any plaque that may be present. This is of critical importance as the bridge depends on the adjacent teeth for support. Keeping those teeth as clean as possible ensures the stability and health of the bridge for years to come. The doctors or a staff member here at Molina Dentistry will be happy to demonstrate the proper way to floss your new bridge.