There are a variety of bridges, your dentist will discuss the best option for your particular case. The traditional bridge is the most common form, it is generally made of porcelain fused to metal and most resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge is anchored by two crowns on healthy teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth(pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are very durable and should last many years when taken care of properly; however, they may need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons For a Fixed Bridge:
|•||Fill space of missing teeth.
|•||Restore your smile.
|•||Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
|•||Maintain facial shape.
|•||Restore chewing and speaking ability.
|•||Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.|
What does getting a Fixed Bridge involve?
A dental bridge usually requires two or more office visits. While the teeth are numb, the two healthy anchoring teeth are prepared for the crown by removing a portion of enamel. Next, an impression (mold) is formed and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made for the patient to wear until the next appointment, which may be several weeks.
At the second office visit, the permanent bridge will be carefully checked by the dentist, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a comfortable bite and proper fit.
Care instructions will be given at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper home care including brushing, flossing and regular dental visits should extend the life of your new permanent bridge.
If you have further questions or you would like to schedule an appointment please call 770-514-0440.