Dental Bridge

Bridging the gap to a perfect smile

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a common restorative dental treatment used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are anchored in place by dental crowns on the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The pontics essentially “bridge” the gap left by the missing teeth, restoring both the appearance and functionality of the patient’s smile.

Here are some key points about dental bridges:

  1. Types of Dental Bridges: There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges. The choice of a bridge depends on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the condition of the adjacent teeth, and the patient’s individual needs.
  2. Procedure: Getting a dental bridge typically involves multiple dental visits. During the initial visit, Dr. Kumar might prepare the adjacent teeth by reshaping them to accommodate the dental crowns. An impression of the teeth is taken, which serves as a model for creating the bridge and pontics. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. In subsequent visits, the permanent bridge is fitted and adjusted for a proper fit and bite.
  3. Benefits: Dental bridges offer several benefits, such as restoring the ability to speak and chew properly, improving the appearance of the smile, preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of position, and maintaining facial structure and jaw alignment. They also distribute bite forces evenly, reducing strain on remaining natural teeth.
  4. Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is crucial to maintain the longevity and health of a dental bridge. Regular brushing, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouth rinses are essential for keeping the bridge and surrounding gums clean. Dental check-ups are recommended to ensure the bridge remains in good condition and to address any potential issues promptly.
  5. Lifespan: With proper care, dental bridges can last for many years. The lifespan may vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, the materials used for the bridge, and the overall oral health of the patient. Regular dental examinations can help detect and address any issues that may arise.

It is important to consult Dr. Kumar or any other experienced and qualified dentist to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The dentist will evaluate the individual’s oral health and discuss the most suitable options to restore their smile and oral function. You can call 860.674.0707 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kumar. Following are the steps for fabrication of a dental bridge:

Examination and Treatment Planning

Dr. Kumar will examine your tooth and determine if a dental bridge is a viable choice to replace one or missing teeth for you. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the extent of the damage or decay. A treatment plan will be developed based on your specific needs.

Tooth Preparation

Before placing a dental bridge, the affected tooth needs to be prepared. This involves removing a small portion of the tooth’s decayed or compromised structure to both side retaining teeth. If the tooth that needs replacement is not removed yet, it also needs to be removed prior to fabrication of  the dental bridge. 

Impression

After tooth preparation, an impression of the involved teeth (Retainers and pontics) and surrounding area is taken. This impression serves as a model for creating a custom-made dental bridge that fits precisely over the prepared tooth.

Temporary Dental Bridge

While the final dental bridge is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge is placed over the prepared teeth to protect them. Dr. Kumar fabricates temporary bridges himself and spends time to perfectly contour your temporary bridge. The temporary is fabricated with the best dental materials available today and is well-polished and finished. Here are the reasons why a temporary bridge is used:

  1. Protection: A temporary bridge protects the prepared teeth from sensitivity, discomfort, and damage. It covers the exposed teeth structures, preventing them from being affected by temperature changes or pressure from biting and chewing.
  2. Preservation of Teeth Structure: The temporary helps maintain the shape and position of the prepared teeth. It ensures that the surrounding teeth do not shift or move into the space left by the missing or prepared teeth.
  3. Functionality: A temporary bridge restores the functionality of the teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and chew normally while waiting for the final bridge. It helps prevent any disruption to your daily activities.
  4. Aesthetics: A temporary bridge provides a temporary solution to restore the appearance of the teeth while filling the space for one or missing teeth. It may not match the final bridge aesthetics perfectly, it offers a more natural-looking appearance than leaving the space/s empty without teeth.
  5. Evaluation and Adjustment: The temporary bridge also allows your dentist to assess the fit, bite alignment, and overall comfort before the final restoration is placed. Any necessary adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure the best possible fit and function of the final bridge.
  6. Patient Satisfaction: Provisional bridge gives patients an opportunity to preview and experience the look and feel of the final bridge. This allows for feedback and any desired modifications to be communicated to the dentist before the fabrication of the permanent restoration is completed.

Inlay/Onlay placement

Once the final bridge is ready, Dr. Kumar or your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and check the fit and appearance of the final one. Adjustments can be made if necessary. Once everything is satisfactory, the final restoration is cemented or bonded onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesives.

Final Adjustments and Polishing

After the final bridge is securely placed, we will ensure proper alignment with your bite and make any necessary adjustments. The surface is then polished to achieve a natural-looking shine.

Benefits of a dental bridge

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Restoring the functionality of one of more missing teeth

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Enhancing your smile by covering the space of your missing teeth

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It is a fixed restoration and therefore, does not need daily removal and cleaning

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Improving overall oral health and bite alignment 

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Bill Mamak
Absolutely the best! Would recommend Dr. Kumar and his incredible team to anyone who's either new to the area or just looking for a better dentist.
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Barbara Wehrly
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Barbara Wehrly
Another wonderful experience. Dr. Kumar has amd Sarah checked in on my comfort level throughout the 2.5 hour root canal which revealed 3 roots and completed the procedure without experiencing any pain. Cynthia, at the front desk, who wears many hats was happy to help me with directions and tech support and Molly, the dental hygienist was happy to answer my questions also.
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Kimberly Crabbe
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1330 Freshii West Hartford
What a great practice! Dr. Kumar saw me quickly when I called with a broken tooth and was patient answering all my questions - helped me decide the best course of action. Cheri at the front desk couldn’t be nicer!
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Jennifer Nichols
This was such a great experience!!! I was not a patient at this office prior to my needing to be seen for an emergency today. The staff got me right in, and took terrific care of me. Dr Kumar is ...
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Jennifer Nichols
This was such a great experience!!! I was not a patient at this office prior to my needing to be seen for an emergency today. The staff got me right in, and took terrific care of me. Dr Kumar is gentle, patient, kind and detail oriented. Sarah his assistant, was friendly, knowledgeable and comforting throughout my procedure. They are a great team and really in sync with one another. I would highly recommend this practice.
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Elissa Stevens
Highly recommend! Dr. Kumar is very professional, sincere and provides quality dental care. Him and his staff are so welcoming, caring and an incredible team. My family and I are very pleased!
Elissa Stevens
Highly recommend! Dr. Kumar is very professional, sincere and provides quality dental care. Him and his staff are so welcoming, caring and an incredible team. My family and I are very pleased!
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Elissa Stevens
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Sarah Callahan
I would recommend them to anyone I know. I did research before coming to Avon Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. They are professional and truly care about enhancing your smile and making you feel comfortable. The team is super knowledgeable and work very well together. Highly recommend!
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Diane Lopes
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Diane Lopes
Dr. Kumar, Sarah and Sherry are Fantastic! We found Dr. Kumar via a community group for special needs parents. Those (like myself) looking for a kind, gentle, patient dentist were all told of Dr. Kumar. And they were all right! He is patient, kind, soft spoken, and terrific with young people with sensory processing disorder and Autism. SO glad we found him. And not only am I taking my child to him (who is 20 yrs old), but I transferred to him as well. HIGHLY recommend. Thank you. Diane
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