A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist 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 metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and attached to pontics (artificial teeth). This fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space left by 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 permanent dental appliance
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 are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) will be made and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, which will allow your teeth and tissue time to become accustomed to your new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.