Cosmetic Dentistry | Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Porcelain Fixed Bridges or dental bridges are fixed (non-removable) appliances and are 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. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. 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 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.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Having a fixed bridge, like some other procedures you can have done, is a little more involved. Some enamel will be removed so a crown can be attached, then once the mold is taken, both your permanent and temporary bridge will be made. You are likely to wear your temporary bridge for several weeks while your permanent bridge is made.
When you return to have the permanent bridge put in, we ensure that everything fits possibly. Sometimes it will be permanently cemented, but sometimes the dentist will temporarily cement it in order to allow the teeth and tissue around the bridge to adjust, and then it will be made more permanent after.
So that you get the best from your bridge, and it lasts as long as possible, we make sure that you leave our office understanding how best to care for your bridge and your other teeth.