A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance designed to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. When you come in for an appointment with the dentist, you 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 of two crowns that go over two anchoring (also called 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 to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
How a Fixed Bridge Can Help You
- Fill space caused by 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
How Do I Get a Fixed Bridge?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits to the dentist. 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 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.
During 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 bridge.
You will receive care instructions from your cosmetic dentist at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about a fixed bridge or if you need any other dental care.