- A dental bridge is a fixed appliance making it an great way to replace missing teeth. 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 and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by the missing teeth.There are several types of bridges; you and your dentist will discuss the best options for your case. 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
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Maintain facial shape
WHAT DOES GETTING A FIXED BRIDGE INVOLVE?
Getting a bridge usually requires 2 or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the 2 anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression is made and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge is made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge is 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, adding a permanent cement at a later time.
You will receive specific care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will help maintain and prolong the life of your new bridge.