A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. We 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 an underlying metal supporting frame. This type of bridge consists to two or more crowns that restore two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Recent technological advances now allow us to fabricate all porcelain fixed bridges in cosmetically demanding situations. 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.
Indications 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 nonremovable restoration.
What does fixed bridge treatment involve?
Bridge treatment usually requires two or more visits. 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 (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A custom made temporary bridge protects your teeth and maintains your appearance and function between visits.
At your second visit, we try in an evalate the intermediate supporting components of your new bridge.
At your third visit, your completed bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally we may temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to adapt. Your new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later date.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
You will find our video presentation on fixed bridges under: Dentistry on Video/Crown, Bridges, and CEREC.