Fixed Bridges

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Fixed Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a non-removable, fixed device that is an excellent substitute for missing teeth.

There is more than one kind of bridge. You can discuss the best type for a particular situation with the dentist. A traditional bridge is most common and is most often designed from porcelain fused to metal. This bridge type involves two crowns over anchoring or abutment teeth that are attached to the artificial teeth or pontics, bridging over the gap left behind when one or several teeth are missing.

Bridges are very durable and can last for years. They can, however, require replacement in some cases and can need to be reattached because of normal wear.

Fixed bridges can be used to:
  • Fill space left by missing teeth.
  • Help improve facial shape.
  • Reduce the likelihood of remaining teeth drifting.
  • Restore the ability to chew and speak normally.
  • Make the smile more pleasing.
  • Serve as an upgrade from a removable partial or other device.

What is involved if I want to get a bridge?

A fixed bridge most often requires two dental office visits. After the teeth have been numbed, the two teeth that will serve as the anchors are prepared by grinding away some enamel to make room for the crown.

Then, a mold or impression is created that is sent to a dental lab where the bridge is actually created. A temporary bridge is made to be worn for several weeks until the date of the second appointment.

At the follow-up visit, the permanent bridge is checked and adjusted, then glued into place, making sure the fit is correct. In some cases, the dentist may temporarily cement the bridge so that teeth and the surrounding tissue can adjust to the new bridge before the permanent cementing that comes later.

You will get care instructions after the procedure is complete. Good brushing and flossing habits as well as regular dental visits will help prolong the life of the permanent dental bridge.

To find out if a fixed bridge is right for you, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS.