A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance 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. A “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and last many years, however, these may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
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 two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of their enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge is made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge is carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only cement the bridge (temporarily), allowing your teeth and tissue, time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented later.
You will receive instructions regarding how to take care of the bridges when you are done with your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits add to providing a long life to the bridge.