Porcelain fixed bridges
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. The “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 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.
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.
Dental bridges are prosthetics created when two or more crowns are placed on the existing teeth next to a gap. The gap is filled with a false tooth, called a pontic, that’s placed between these abutment teeth. The crowns and implant form what is known as a “dental bridge.” It allows someone who is missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, to have their full smile restored.
Dental bridges can be crafted from several different materials. The most common is porcelain, which is fused onto metal or ceramic. At Long Beach Smile Co., our dental bridges have a lifelike, natural appearance so restorations are undetectable.
Before the bridge is put in, your abutment teeth are prepared. We recontour them by removing some of the surface enamel to make room for the crowns. Then, casts are taken to be used as a mold for the pontic and dental bridge. This ensures it fits perfectly against your abutment teeth and looks and feels natural. While the permanent piece is being created in the lab, we’ll use temporary restorations to protect your teeth. When the bridge is ready, your dentist will check that it fits and your bite alignment feels right. Finally, it will be cemented onto your abutment teeth.
Taking care of your dental bridge is as simple as brushing and flossing regularly to keep teeth clean and prevent cavities from forming in the crowned teeth. Dr. Kaufman or Dr. Hamdani can recommend dental hygiene products if you’re not sure what to use. With proper care, bridges can last 10 years or more. Getting a dental bridge is a simple procedure that will make a drastic difference in how you look and feel about yourself. There’s no time like the present – show off that joyous smile!
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