A dental bridge is a fixed and non-removable installation, and an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
While there are many variations, the traditional bridge is the most popular type. They are usually made of porcelain fused to metal. These fixed bridges are popular because they look like your natural teeth. They are installed by connecting two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and hold the pontics (artificial teeth) in the gap left by one or more missing teeth.
Even though dental bridges are highly durable and last many years, they might need replacement or need to be re-cemented occasionally due to normal wear. This can be done during a normal dental visit.
Some reasons to consider a fixed bridge:
- Restore your smile.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to something more permanent.
- Fill a space left by missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET A FIXED BRIDGE?
Usually two or more visits are needed.
First, numbing the two anchoring teeth by anesthetic, these are prepared by removing a portion of enamel from each to allow for a dental crown. A highly accurate impression (mold) is made which is then sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. A temporary bridge will be 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 this is only temporarily cemented, allowing your teeth and tissue time to adjust to the new bridge. In that situation, the new bridge is then permanently cemented at a later time.
While proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will help extend the life of your new permanent bridge, you’ll receive care instructions to help you. If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr Capati.