The Porcelain / Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are non-removable or fixed appliances that are an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth.
Several types of bridges are available. Along with your dentist, you must discuss and choose the best option for you. A traditional bridge is the most common and is made of porcelain fused over metal in most cases, These bridges are particularly popular because they look and perform like natural teeth.
This kind of bridge involves two crowns that go over abutment teeth or anchoring teeth and that are attached to the artificial teeth or pontics to hold them in place. The fake teeth bridge the gap where missing teeth once were.
Bridges are durable and can last for years, but they may require replacement or have to be re-cemented because of normal wear and use.
Consider a fixed bridge for:
Filling in for missing teeth
- Maintaining the shape of the face
- Preventing teeth from drifting out of position
- Bringing back the ability to chew and speak properly
- Restoring a beautiful, natural smile
- Upgrading from a removable partial
What is involved in a fixed bridge?
A bridge is usually fitted in two visits or perhaps more. While anchoring teeth are numb, they are prepared to accept the bridge by having a portion of the enamel removed to make way for the crown. Then precise molds or impressions are made that are sent to a dental lab where the bridge is actually made. A temporary bridge may be fitted and worn for a few weeks until the appointment for the bridge fitting.
During the second visit, the permanent bridge is examined, adjusted if necessary and permanently cemented into place. In some cases, it may be cemented temporarily into place so that surrounding tissue and teeth can adapt to the bridge, and permanent cementing will happen at a later time.
After all is done, you will get care instructions explaining the importance of brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups in maintaining the life of your permanent bridge.
To find out how a fixed bridge can work for you, call us at (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS