Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance used for replacing missing teeth.
There are many variations for bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The most commonly used one is the “traditional bridge”, which is composed of porcelain fused to metal. Another commonly used bridge is the porcelain fixed bridge because it resembles your natural teeth. This bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by a missing tooth or missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and last many years; however, due to normal wear they may need to be replaced or re-cemented.
Why to get fixed bridges:
- Fill space if there is missing tooth or 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 is involved in getting fixed bridge?
It usually requires two or more visits to get a bridge. While your teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Then, a highly accurate mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be created and worn for a few weeks until you go to your next appointment.
During your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to attain a proper fit. Your dentist may occasionally cement the bridge temporarily, allowing your teeth and tissue time to adjust to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented later on.