A bridge is the traditional option for replacing a missing tooth. It’s made by cutting down the teeth on each side of the gap to support crowns that hold a false tooth in between.
But why sacrifice two perfectly healthy teeth?
With the Carlson Bridge, this is no longer necessary. For this minimally-invasive procedure, we only need to prepare the surfaces of those two abutment teeth. We don’t have to cut away any living tissue. This is a more Holistic/Biological approach when the adjacent teeth are natural teeth or they are restored with composite. If the adjacent teeth have crowns this bridge cannot be done.
We then attach the false tooth – known as a “winged pontic” – to those teeth with composite, and shape, shade, contour and adjust the bridge as needed so it both looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It is fixed, the patient doesn’t need to remove it to clean it. Super floss or waterpik can be used to clean under the Carlson bridge.
Unlike other bridgework, the Carlson Bridge can be completed in a single visit.
Here’s an up-close view of how the procedure is done – and how the end result looks: