A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. Dr. Gross will discuss the best options for your particular case. We use CEREC technology to design and fabricate your bridge usually in one visit. A bridge consists of 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.
CEREC all-porcelain dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. In some instances, 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?
Your bridge is usually completed 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, your bridge is designed chair side on a CEREC acquisition unit--no impressions (mold) and no temporary bridge for several weeks while waiting for a dental laboratory to fabricate your permanent bridge. Your bridge is designed and milled here in our office. You can watch while your bridge is milled from a solid block of porcelain that has been matched to your tooth color.
Next, your permanent bridge will be carefully polished, checked, adjusted (if necessary), and cemented to achieve a proper fit. The whole process is usually completed in one appointment.
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.