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Tooth & Implant Supported Bridges
A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is composed of one or more prosthetic (false) porcelain teeth and two supporting teeth that have been crowned.
Dr. Ang uses the Carestream intraoral scanner, a state-of-the-art scanning system used to make digital impressions. The Carestream uses 100,000 points of tiny laser lights to provide an extremely accurate impression of the patient’s teeth and bite.
Dr. Ang feeds this information into Carestreams’s proprietary software where he can make necessary adjustments on the proposed design and transmit the impressions electronically to his partnering lab. The lab fabricates a very precisely fitting bridge, using high quality material.
Is a Bridge right for you?
For one missing tooth, a bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be cut down and crowned to act as anchors for the new tooth. In this case, Dr. Ang recommends a dental implant instead of a bridge.
If the adjacent teeth to the missing tooth or teeth are already capped or need capping, a bridge can be a good way to go, as you already have your supporting teeth and no surgery is needed.
For multiple missing teeth, bridges can be combined with dental implants to create very stable and natural-looking restorations. In this case, the dental implants act as the supporting teeth for the bridge tooth or teeth.
Implant Supported Bridges
A very effective treatment for multiple missing teeth is implant-supported bridges. Instead of crowned natural teeth supporting the false tooth, dental implants are used.
A dental implant is a titanium post that Dr. Ang will surgically place into the bone socket of a missing tooth.
An implant-supported bridge uses natural-looking porcelain teeth and is permanently fixed in place. It is a good alternative for missing teeth, more stable and natural-looking then dentures, and more affordable than multiple dental implants.