However, sometimes the site of the missing tooth is sunken in and there isn’t enough ridge to create an ovate pontic. In these cases, a surgeon can augment the ridge, or, in the case illustrated below, an expert cosmetic dentist can sometimes make a very beautiful bridge.
Here are before-and-after photos of a dental porcelain bridge by Dr. Stephen Thordarson, a mynewsmile.com referral network cosmetic dentist from Canada. The patient’s ridge has sunk in where her front tooth used to be, making an ovate pontic unworkable without surgical ridge augmentation. However, she has a low lip line which doesn’t show any of her gum. Using an excellent laboratory, even with a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental bridge, and other porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, Dr. Thordarson has been able to create a beautiful smile for this patient.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and bridges will develop a dark line where the crown meets the tooth. Notice how Dr. Thordarson has skillfully hidden these margins below the gumline where they can’t be seen.
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