A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) restoration 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 most popular type of bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to a gold understructure. Porcelain fixed bridges are popular because they resemble your natural teeth. Bridges consist of abutment crowns that go over the anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (replacement teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years.
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?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, temporary crowns or a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, occlusion adjusted, and permanently cemented. Occasionally your dentist may temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge would be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.