Porcelain Fixed Bridges

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A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance used to replace missing teeth, offering an effective solution for restoring dental functionality and aesthetics.

Various types of bridges exist, and your dentist will determine the most suitable option for your specific case. The “traditional bridge” is a commonly chosen type, typically crafted from porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain bridges are popular because they closely resemble natural teeth. This type of bridge comprises two crowns placed over anchoring teeth (abutment teeth), which support pontics (artificial teeth), effectively filling the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are known for their durability, providing lasting results for many years. However, they may require replacement or re-cementing 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?

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Getting a dental bridge typically involves two or more visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, while the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to accommodate the crowns. Following this, a highly precise impression (mold) of the prepared teeth and surrounding area is taken. This impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be custom-fabricated. Additionally, a temporary bridge is usually created and worn for several weeks until the next appointment.

At the second visit, the permanent bridge is carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to ensure a proper fit and alignment. In some cases, the dentist may initially use temporary cement for the bridge, allowing time for the teeth and surrounding tissue to adjust. The permanent cementation of the bridge typically occurs at a subsequent appointment.

You will be provided with care instructions following the completion of your treatment, emphasizing the importance of proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to maintain the longevity of your new permanent bridge.

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Castaic Dental Center stands out as one of the leading Cosmetic Dentist clinics in Santa Clarita, CA. Our dedicated team is prepared to address your individual dental requirements, whether you seek cosmetic enhancements or your child needs a crown. Our goal is to deliver a distinct smile tailored to endure. Reach out to Dr. Aggarwal at Castaic Dental Center today, and let us assist you in maintaining your health and happiness for years to come!