Porcelain Dental Bridge

Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
 
There are a few types of bridges.  You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  The “standard bridge” is the most common type and has traditionally been made of porcelain fused to metal. There is also an all-ceramic option, made of a high strength ceramic called zirconia. Porcelain fixed bridges are popular because they resemble your natural teeth, both in appearance and function.  This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontic(s) (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 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.

 

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