Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to restore the structure and functions of your teeth after tooth loss. 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. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of 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.
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
- Missing tooth space is not eligible for an implant/ crown
What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb for comfort throughout your procedure, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a thin portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Any decay or old filling are removed, and the remaining tooth is cleaned, filled, and shaped. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. You will wear a temporary bridge until your next follow up appointment, which will be scheduled out in approximately two weeks.
At the second visit, your temporary bridge will be carefully removed, and the permanent bridge will be adjusted and checked for proper fit. The new bridge will be permanently cemented or bonded into place. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.