Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed, non-removable appliance and is an excellent way to replace
missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss
the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is currently made of ceramics, thus achieving optimal aesthetics.
Porcelain fixed bridges consists of to two or more crowns that cover the anchoring or abutment teeth. One or more pontics or artificial teeth fill the
gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and
will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented
due to normal wear.
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:
Fixed bridges usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the
abutment teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to allow for a crown.
Next, a highly accurate impression mold is taken. It will be sent to a dental laboratory
where the bridge is fabricated. A temporary bridge will be worn for several weeks
in the interim.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted,
and cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive home care instructions at
the conclusion of the procedure.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your
new permanent bridge.
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