3-Unit Dental Bridges: A Step by Step Process
Three-unit dental bridges are an advanced form of restorative dentistry. Using this procedure, an artificial tooth is connected on either side to crowns which are placed on the neighboring teeth to hold it in place. This offers a more secure way to replace a missing tooth. The dental bridge can be made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Since it is custom made in a dental laboratory it may take two or more visits to complete the procedure.
The process for applying 3-unit dental bridges:
- The area is numbed to make you comfortable.
- The dentist will remove any decay.
- The teeth that will support the bridge are shaped.
- An impression of your teeth is taken.
- The lab will use this to make a model of your mouth.
- The model in turn will be used to create a bridge that precisely fits your mouth and bite.
- A temporary bridge may be placed while this is being done.
- On the next visit the temporary bridge is removed.
- Several steps are taken to confirm the fit of your three-unit dental bridges.
- The new bridge is then fitted in and your bite is checked.
- Once everything is confirmed the dental bridges are cemented or bonded in place.
The advantages of 3-unit dental bridges:
- Replace teeth for biting and chewing
- Assist in clear speech
- Keep teeth from shifting
- Crowns can serve as restorations for anchoring teeth that have damage or decay
Watch this video to learn more about 3-unit dental bridges and decide if this type of restorative dentistry is right for you.