A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Depending on the number of teeth which need to be replaced, crowns will go over the anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they 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 visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by for a crown. Next, a digital scan is taken with our CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) computer which will provide us with the needed data for fabrication of your bridge. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several days until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
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.