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.
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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, 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 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.
How Do You Clean Under A Fixed Dental Bridge?
Superfloss is highly recommended for those with fixed dental bridges. Six Forks Smiles would love to elaborate more on superfloss best practices. Please keep in mind, poor bridge hygiene may affect the health of adjacent teeth and can result in gum disease and tooth decay.
Will Bridges Make Eating More Difficult?
Because fixed dental bridges result in replacing missing teeth, they can likely make eating easier. This, however, does depend on the types of food you’re eating.
How Do I Maintain Fixed Dental Bridges?
Bridges should be maintained similarly to the rest of your mouth. Along with brushing and flossing twice per day, maintaining a healthy diet also aids in bridge upkeep and maintenance.
Does A Dental Bridge Feel Natural?
The majority of our patients claim that their bridges do indeed feel natural after a few days of getting used to them. Some patients do take longer to adjust to their new bridges than others.
What If I Get A Cavity Under My Bridge?
Fixed bridges, when fitted correctly, do not allow bacteria and acid to destroy enamel. As previously mentioned, routine checkups (including x-rays) should be administered every 24 months to pinpoint potential hygiene concerns such as tooth decay.
Dental Implants Or Fixed Bridges?
Deciding between dental implants or bridges can be a daunting task. There are numerous pros associated with dental implants such as their affordability, their quicker turnaround time to implement compared to implants that can take several weeks or even months (this depends on numerous factors that Six Forks Smiles would love to elaborate on), and their overall simplicity. The main deciding factor between dental implants and fixed bridges is the fact that fixed bridges will need to be replaced every 5-7 years.
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When it comes to your teeth, you want someone you can trust. Dr. Rebecca Schmorr is a board-certified, licensed general and cosmetic Raleigh dentist. Fill out the form below or call us today to schedule your porcelain fixed bridges appointment today.