Porcelain Fixed Bridges in South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics
A dental bridge is a fixed, permanent fixture that attaches to your natural teeth or dental implants. You can choose from several options when deciding on a dental bridge, which are all created by the dentist and will give you excellent results.
There are different types of dentures, but the most commonly used one is the “traditional bridge” which is typically made of porcelain fused to metal and replaces one tooth at a time.
A porcelain fixed bridge is a dental restoration that uses artificial teeth, known as crowns, to fill gaps created by missing teeth. These gaps can be left in the front of the mouth or in the back.
Porcelain dental bridges are typically made from porcelain and other materials and look very similar to natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns that extend over the two adjacent teeth on either side of the gap (the abutment teeth)
The gap in the teeth caused by one or more missing teeth is filled by the pontics (artificial teeth) which are attached to the abutments.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They may need replacement or re-cementing due to wear, but the dental bridge surgery has a high success rate.
When do you need a fixed bridge:
- When you need to fill space of missing teeth.
- To maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- When you want to 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?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more trips to the dentist and you’ll be numb during the process because the dentist needs to prepare two anchor teeth by removing a portion of the enamel so that the crown fits nicely.
Next, a highly accurate impression of your teeth will be made. This impression will then be sent to the dental lab, where your final bridge will be created. A temporary bridge is also made for your mouth at this appointment until your next appointment when the permanent bridge will be completed.
Keep in mind that you will receive dental care instructions from your dentist after your treatment is completed. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are necessary for the longevity of your new bridge.