A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a Pontic, to fill in a missing tooth. A bridge is held in place by two crowns that are attached to your teeth on each side of the spot where the tooth is missing.
A “fixed” bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and cannot be taken out of your mouth, as you might do with removable partial dentures. The bridge is custom-made to fill in the space with a false tooth.
How is this done? Dr. Babik will prepare your teeth on either side of the space. You will be given a mild anesthetic to numb the area. Dr. Babik will make an impression, which will serve as the model from with the bridge, false tooth and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. While the permanent bridge is being made, you will have a temporary bridge to wear. The temporary bridge will protect your teeth and gums.
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to place missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs, some of which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are sued to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch. Dr. Babik will make a recommendation for you, and he will proceed only when you are in full agreement with the procedure.