Fixed Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type. Artificial teeth are created (usually made of porcelain to closely resemble your natural teeth) and fused to metal. This is attached to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and normally last many years. They may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your permanent bridge.
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
Fixed bridge procedure:
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made. This is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is constructed. In the meantime, a temporary bridge will be made for you to be worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to attain a proper fit. Sometimes the bridge will only be temporarily cemented, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. In that case, the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.