Fixed bridges

Fixed bridges

Fixed bridges 

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 “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to 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.

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 missing teeth space

– 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.

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, you 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 the procedure.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will prolong the life of your new permanent bridge.

 

The advantage of the bridge compared to a removable appliance is that it is fixed, stable, and feels like your own teeth. In most cases it can be made to look like you never had a tooth missing.

The disadvantage is that you have to treat two teeth besides the one that you extracted.

If those teeth already have big fillings and caries, then it is a good choice to cover them with a crown to protect them, but if they are healthy teeth with a small filling, there may be a choice (depending on the position of the teeth) which only a dentist can suggest.

That would be an inlay bridge where just a little portion of your tooth is prepared, keeping the rest of it untouched. This is done to spare the tooth because the person will need it for a long time and maybe some day he will need it for a full crown.

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