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 gold. Full porcelain bridges are usually used in cosmetic areas for optimal aesthetics.
Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular type of bridge since they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two or more crowns that go over the anchoring or abutment teeth. One or more pontics or artificial teeth fill the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are very durable and will last for 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
Fixed bridge procedure:
Fixed bridges usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression mold is taken. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated. A temporary bridge will be worn for several weeks in the interim.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will be provided instructions for home care at the end of the procedure.
Again, make sure to floss and brush to aid in the life of your bridge.