A dental bridge refers to a fixed appliance and is a great way of replacing missing teeth.
Different types of bridges exist. You need to discuss with your dentist to know the best option for you. The most common is the traditional bridge which is mostly made of from porcelain fused to metal. This particular bridge is made of two crowns that go over two abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth (pontics), which fills the gap left by some of the missing teeth.
Dental bridges have high durability and capable of lasting many years. However, they may require some re-cementing or replacement due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Maintain facial shape
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Ensure that the remaining teeth do not drift out of position
- Restore speaking and chewing
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent one
- Restore your smile
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
One can normally get a bridge over two appointments. With the teeth numb, the dentist prepares the two anchoring teeth by removing part of an enamel to make room for a crown. A highly accurate impression is then taken which will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Also, you will wear a temporary bridge until your next appointment.
During the second appointment, your permanent bridge, after being inspected, is adjusted and cemented to get the best fit. Sometimes your dentist may only cement the bridge temporarily, which affords your tissue and teeth enough time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge is then permanently cemented later.
You will get care instructions at the completion of your treatment. Practicing proper hygiene, healthy eating, as well as periodic dental visits, will enhance the life of your new, permanent bridge.