A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth!
While there are several types of bridges, the “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.
Patients typically prefer porcelain fixed bridges because they resemble natural teeth. 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 one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years! Like anything else, with normal wear and tear they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented eventually.
Why would someone need a fixed bridge?
- Fill space from missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position
- Restore your confident smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
- Restore proper chewing and speaking ability
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. After your dentist numbs the tooth, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.
Next, a highly accurate impression, or mold, is made and sent to a dental laboratory for the custom fitted bridge to be made. While the permanent bridge is out for production, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve the ideal fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.