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Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges.  We will discuss with you the best options for your particular situation.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal and is extremely durable. This type of bridge consists of two or more retainer crowns that cover the anchoring teeth (abutments) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), thus filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.                           

Dental bridges are highly durable and can last many years, however they may need repair, replacement or to be re-cemented due to normal wear or other events.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial support.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from an dissatisfying 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 anchoring teeth are prepared by removing  any decay and shaping the surface to provide room for the restorative materials allowing for a proper fit of the retainer crowns.  Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.  In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally but infrequently  your temporarily temporary bridge will be recemented allowing the dental lab to make some alteration to your new bridge before it is cemented. In such a situation you new bridge will be rigidly cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure.  Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, permanent bridge.

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