Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Dental bridges are another great non-removable fixed option for replacing missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. After an assessment, the best option can be determined for your particular case. Traditionally bridges were been made of porcelain fused to metal, but today porcelain/zirconium bridges are popular for their strength and beauty.
The most common type of bridge is called a “3 Unit bridge” since it involves the 1 missing tooth plus the 2 teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge is essentially 2 crowns on the abutment teeth which are attached to the replacement tooth between them (the pontic).
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Replace one or more missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent non-removable solution
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile for improved self-esteem.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Better oral health.
- Long-lasting results.
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. A temporary bridge will be made and worn until your permanent bridge is completed.
Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. At your next 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 the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.