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” made of porcelain fused to metal is no longer the preferred treatment. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they are durable and look like 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?
Thanks to CEREC technology, getting a bridge usually can be accomplished in one visit. 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 3D image is created. The bridge is designed chair-side on the monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit.
When the design is completed, your bridge is milled right here in our office. The bridge is then polished and bonded permanently in place.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.