Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A fixed dental bridge is a (non-removable) appliance and is a superior way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of materials used in the making a bridge. Dr. Braithwaite will discuss the ideal options for your particular situation. The "traditional bridge" is the most common type and is usually made of porcelain fused to a precious metal. They are most popular because they closely match your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of 2 caps that go over two abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) and are connected to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the space made by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are very strong and can last many years if properly maintained. On occasion, however, they may need to be re-cemented or need to be replaced due to abnormal wear.
Why do a fixed bridge?
- Keep facial position.
- Reestablish speaking and chewing ability.
- Restore space of missing teeth.
- Stop existing teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental bridge.
- Restore youir smile.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually consists of 2 visits. After numbing the tooth, the two anchoring teeth are shaped by removing a portion of tooth structure to allow for a crown. Next, a very precise impression (mold) is taken which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be made. In addition, a temporary bridge will be fabricated and placed for up to 2 weeks before your next visit.
At the second appointment, your fixed bridge will be carefully adjusted, checked, and cemented to maintain a proper fit. At times, Dr. Braithwaite may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your tissue and teeth time to get accustomed to the new bridge. The new fixed bridge will be permanently cemented at a later date.
Our staff will then give special post treatment instructions.Twice yearly dental visits, continued flossing and brushing will assist in the longevity of your new fixed bridge.