A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance. In addition, It is one of the traditional dental methods for replacing missing teeth.
Dentists use fixed bridges more often than other types of bridges. Dental bridges consist of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). A dental bridge is attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), which fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper home care; however, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a Fixed Bridge
- Fill the space left by 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 a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Two or more visits are usually required when getting a bridge. 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 which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. Also, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for about two weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit and comfortable bite.
You will receive care instructions after your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new bridge.
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