A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “fixed bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Fixed bridges differ from other types of dental bridges because they are permanently attached to two teeth using dental crowns. This means that they are not removable, and that healthy tooth material must be removed from the abutment teeth before the bridge can be attached. Since fixed bridges are permanently attached to healthy teeth, they offer a stronghold that other types of bridges cannot achieve.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Candidates For Fixed Bridges
A fixed dental bridge is a good alternative for restoring your missing teeth if you want to avoid invasive implant surgery, do not want to wear a removable partial denture, or you are looking for a more affordable option. Compared to dental implants, fixed bridges have a shorter treatment time, and they are usually covered (at least partially) by dental insurance.
Fixed bridges will not shift or move while eating, speaking, or smiling, which are common issues among patients who have partial dentures. To find out if a fixed bridge is right for you, or to see if you may be a good candidate for an alternative treatment like a dental implant, schedule a consultation at Mounds view Family Dental
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn 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 your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
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