A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types
of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your
particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and
is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge
consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth)
and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created
by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly
durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or
need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually
requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two
anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow
for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which
will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be
fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for
several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you
permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to
achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily
cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to
the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the
procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will
aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!