A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that helps replace missing teeth in the oral cavity. At Dr Viken Garabedian DDS, we fabricate bridges using strong, aesthetically appealing dental materials to make sure the appearance of your smile does not get compromised in any way. Unlike implants, bridges only replace the crown of the missing tooth, not the root. As the name of the treatment suggests, the procedure uses the support of one or two natural teeth to place an artificial crown atop an empty socket.
Because the treatment involves tooth preparation, we first administer anesthesia to ensure a perfectly comfortable and painless experience for our patients. Next, we trim down natural teeth on either side of the socket to accommodate cementation of the bridge. This bridge can be made using only porcelain, or Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) for added strength. After tooth preparation, an impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory where technician fabricate the prosthesis. When the patient returns for the second and final appointment, the bridge is fixed in place, on top of the natural teeth, with a strong dental cement. It restores your ability to bite and chew food, and smile with renewed confidence.