Porcelain Fixed Bridges at Exceptional Dental
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 resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth). It helps fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is highly durable and will last many years with proper care; however, it may require replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Wondering when you would need a porcelain fixed bridge?
A dental bridge is a great solution for anyone looking to:
- Fill space resulting from missing teeth.
- Prevent deterioration of facial shape resulting from missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
- Restore chewing power and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What Does the Process of Receiving a Porcelain Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. During your first visit and 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 and sent to our dental laboratory where the bridge can be fabricated. Still during your first visit, a temporary bridge is made and put in place to be 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. In special circumstances, your dentist may choose to only temporarily cement the bridge to allow your teeth and tissue to get used to the new bridge. In this instance, the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later visit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will also be advised to promote the life of your new permanent dental bridge. For more information regarding this procedure, contact us or schedule an appointment today in the form below!