A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and are made out of porcelain. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth.
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.
- Aesthetics – improve your smile.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a specialist dental ceramist who fabricates the bridge from porcelain (zirconia or E-max). In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be tried in and cemented.
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.