Fixed Bridges

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

K-fixed-bridge-1-Fotolia_44799618_XSPorcelain Fixed Bridges (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and attaches the existing teeth (anchor teeth) on either side of the space (missing aea).

There are several types of bridges. We will discuss with you the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to 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 will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. With proper care and routine dental check up a crown may last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Fixed bridges are done to:

· Fill space of missing teeth.
· Maintain facial shape of 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.

How is a bridge done?

K-fixed-bridge2Fotolia_38241030_XSGetting 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 the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.