A dental bridge refers to a fixed appliance which is a great solution when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Bridges come in several types. Your dentist will work with you in choosing the option that suits your case. The “traditional bridge” tends to be the most common and it is often produced from porcelain fused to metal. This particular type of bridge is made up of two crowns going over two abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth (pontics), filling the space left by missing teeth.
Dental bridges have a high durability and can last many years. You may need to replace or repair them as a result of normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Maintain facial shape
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Ensuring that remaining teeth do not drift out of position
- Restore speaking and chewing ability
- Restore your smile
- Make the upgrade to a permanent dental appliance from a removable partial denture
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
A bridge can be done in two or more visits. With the teeth numb, the dentist prepares the two anchoring teeth by removing a part of the enamel to accommodate a crown. Next, the dentist produces a highly accurate mold or impression and sends it to a dental laboratory that fabricates the bridge. You will be made to wear a temporary bridge for some weeks until your next visit.
During your second appointment, your permanent bridge is checked thoroughly and cemented to get the best fit. On occasion, your dentist may only cement the bridge temporarily, which allows the tissue and teeth to get used to the new bridge. A later time is then chosen for the bridge to be permanently cemented.
You will be given care instructions once your complete your treatment. Good oral hygiene, as well as visiting the dentist regularly, will help improve the life of your new bridge.