A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance that fills the space of missing teeth. Multiple bridges exist so it is up to you and your dentist to decide on the best option for your particular case. A “traditional bridge” is most popular and usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Dental bridges are strong and designed to last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fills space of missing teeth.
- Helps maintain facial shape.
- Prevents remaining teeth from shifting.
- Restores chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly detailed impression (mold) is made which will be sent to the dental laboratory we use where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment. At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be 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. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time. 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.