Dental bridges are non-removable implants used to replace multiple missing teeth.
Bridges come in different types, and when you need a bridge, Dr. Schmorr will discuss with you which type is best for you. “Traditional” bridges are made of porcelain and metal fused together and are the most popular type of bridge. Porcelain bridges are tooth colored, so look more natural than other types of bridges. They consist of a crown on each side and the artificial teeth are in between the anchoring crown, filling in the gaps from the missing teeth.
Porcelain bridges are durable, but often need recemented after several years due to natural 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 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, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you 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 get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will 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.