A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance that is a great way to replace missing teeth. For people with missing or lost teeth, due to age or injury, bridges can be a great way to regain a great smile.
There are any different types of bridges, ranging in the material they are made of and how many teeth you’ll need to be replaced. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The most popular type of bridge is made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The abutment teeth are attached to pontics, or artificial teeth, creating the look of natural, clean teeth. Many people enjoy the look of porcelain bridges because they resemble the color of real teeth.
Dental bridges are extremely durable and will last you many years. However, they may need to be re-cemented or replaced at some point due to normal wear.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE:
- If you have to fill a space in your smile.
- If you want to maintain facial shape after tooth loss.
- If you would like to prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- If you want to restore chewing and speaking ability after an accident.
- If you would like to upgrade from a removable partial denture.
So, what does receiving a fixed bridge involve?
Receiving a bridge usually requires two or more visits with your local dentist. The visits can comprise anything from the initial informational visits to getting a mold of your teeth to anchoring the artificial teeth into your smile.
For the first appointment of the procedure (after the informational step) your dentist will prepare to anchor your teeth. While numb, your dentist will start by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Once this is done, a mold will be taken of your teeth which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be created. Once your dentist has taken an accurate mold of your teeth, they will give you a temporary bridge for you to wear for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, the dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge may 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 add to the life of your new permanent bridge. Contact us today if this procedure sounds right for you.