Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental fixed bridges is (non-removable) appliance, which serves as solution for missing teeth.

There are several types of fixed bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” continues to be the most popular bridge in use. It is typically made from porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Porcelain fixed bridges are often used because they resemble the texture and color of your natural teeth. A porcelain fixed bridge consists of two crowns that go over two adjacent teeth (abutment teeth), which that are attached to prosthetics (also called pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are extrememelyl durable and will last many years. Your bridge’s useful life depends upon several factors, but can be re-cemented over the course of normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • To fill a space cause by missing teeth 
  • To maintain normal facial shape
  • To prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of normal and desired position
  • To restore proper chewing and speaking 
  • To permit you to smile naturally 
  • To upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Receiving your bridge may require two or more visits. While your teeth are comfortably numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to accommodate the crown. Next, a highly accurate mold (impression) is made. It is then sent to a dental laboratory, where the bridge is prepared (fabricated). 

A temporary bridge will also be made and worn until your next appointment.

At your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to become accustomed to the new bridge. It will then be permanently cemented.

You will receive care instructions upon the conclusion of treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will add years to the life of your new permanent bridge!

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