There are several types of bridges. You and
Dr. Pearce 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
of two or more caps (crowns) that go over anchoring teeth (abutment
teeth) and are attached to 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 non removable dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more
visits. While the teeth are numb, the 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
At the second visit, you 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.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.