Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge refers to a non-removable solution and is a great way of replacing missing teeth.
There are different types of bridges. You should work with your dentist to determine the best option for your case. The most popular is the “traditional bridge” made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are have become so popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This particular bridge is made of two crowns going over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and then attached to artificial teeth, occupying the space left by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges have high durability and can last many years. However, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented as a result of normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Maintain facial shape
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Make an upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
- Restore your smile.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
You can get a bridge in two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, a portion of the enamel is removed so as to accommodate a crown. Then a highly accurate impression (mold) is produced and sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of the bridge. Also, the patient wears a temporary bridge for weeks until the next appointment.
At your second appointment, your permanent bridge will be properly checked, adjusted and cemented for the best fit. In some situations your dentist may temporary cement the bridge, allowing your tissue and teeth time to become used to its new bridge. The bridge will be cemented permanently at a later time.
When you complete your treatment, you will be given care instructions. Proper flossing, brushing, as well as visiting the dentist regularly, will enhance the life of your permanent bridge.