A fixed dental bridge is a wonderful, permanent way to replace missing teeth. Your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will discuss all of the different types of bridges that are available to you. The “Traditional Bridge” is the most commonly used and is typically made of porcelain material that has been fused to metal. It consists of two crowns that fit over anchoring teeth and then attached to artificial teeth filling in the gap made by missing teeth.The materials used for fixed bridges are durable, lasting many years, but may need to be replaced or recemented one day due to normal wear and tear of the mouth.
Why Should I Get A FIxed Bridge?
- Fill in Gaps Because of Missing Teeth
- Maintaining Facial Shape
- Restoring Your Smile
- Restoring Speaking or Chewing Ability
- Prevent Remaining Teeth From Moving
- Upgrading a Removable Partial Denture for a Permanent Solution
How Do You Do It?
Typically a fixed bridge requires two appointments. After your Dentist or Dental Hygienist numbs your tooth, your anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of their enamel to allow the space for a crown. Your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will then take an accurate mold which is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be created. We will use the mold to create a temporary bridge which will be made immediately and can be worn until your permanent bridge is ready.
At your next appointment, your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will carefully inspect, adjust and cement the bridge to your mouth, making sure the fit is perfect. At this point your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your mouth to get used to get used to the new bridge. Once the bridge has integrated to your teeth, your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will permanently cement it.Your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will let you know your post-care instructions after your treatment is finished. Good dental habits, eating healthy and regular visits will extend the life of your fixed bridge.