Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridge
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill the space left by 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 fixed dental appliance
What does getting a fixed dental bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two 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 a few 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. If kept clean, a bridge will last a very long time. It is important to use a "floss threader" to get up and under the bridge during flossing. One advantage of dental implant crowns is that they are independent structures, and thus are easier to keep clean.