Fixed Bridges

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A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that serves as an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth.

There are various types of bridges available, and your dentist will discuss the most suitable option for your specific case. The most common type is the “traditional bridge,” typically made of porcelain fused to metal. This bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and connected to artificial teeth called pontics, which fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are known for their durability and can last for many years. However, they may require replacement or re-cementation over time due to normal wear and tear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of 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 permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

fixed bridges

Getting a dental bridge typically involves multiple visits to the dentist’s office. During the initial visit, while the teeth are numbed, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to accommodate the crowns. Then, a highly accurate impression or mold of the prepared teeth is taken, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. Meanwhile, a temporary bridge is made and worn until the next appointment.

At the second visit, the permanent bridge is carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to ensure a proper fit. In some cases, the dentist may temporarily cement the bridge to allow time for the teeth and tissues to adjust. The final cementation of the bridge is done at a later appointment.

Patients receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure, including guidance on proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing, as well as the importance of regular dental check-ups to maintain the longevity of the new permanent bridge.