Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A great way to replace missing teeth is with a fixed (non-removable) dental bridge.
There are a few different types of bridges. You and your dentist will determine the best type for your specific needs. The most popular type is made of porcelain fused to metal and is called a “traditional bridge”. This type of bridge is the most popular because they look like your natural teeth. Porcelain fixed bridges comprises of two crowns that go over two abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth (pontics) to fill the space caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges will last many years and are extremely durable. However, they might need to be re-cemented or replaced because of normal wear and tear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Restore your smile.
- Fill gap of missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from moving out of place.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Restore speaking and chewing ability.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
It typically takes at least two visits to get a bridge. Your dentist numbs your teeth and prepares two anchoring teeth by removing some enamel for space for a crown. Then, a mold (high accurate impression) is created and sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. You will receive a temporary bridge to wear until your next appointment, which is typically in several weeks.
During the second appointment, your permanent bridge is checked, adjusted, and cemented carefully to get the proper fit. Sometimes, your dentist might only cement the bridge temporarily to let your tissue and teeth get accustomed to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a future time
Your dentist will give your proper care instructions at the end of your treatment to aid in the longevity of your bridge. These tips may include: proper flossing, brushing, and regular dental visits.
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