Dental bridges are fixed appliances that are typically used to replace any missing teeth, restoring a full smile.
Your dentist will present several types of bridges, discussing which options will work best for your issue. Traditional bridges are the most popular and are crafted from porcelain that has been fused with metal. The bridge is created with two crowns on the surrounding teeth, known as the anchoring or abutment teeth. An artificial tooth, or pontic, is attached to the bridge, filling in the gap created by one or several missing teeth.Dental bridges are designed to last for years and are extremely durable.
Why You May Need a Fixed Bridge
There are several reasons you may require a dental bridge, including:
- Maintaining facial shape
- Replacing missing teeth
- Restoring chewing and speaking capabilities
- Keeping remaining teeth in place
- Upgrading from removable dentures to a permanent replacement
- Restoring your smile
Getting Your Dental Bridge
You will need to make two or more appointments to install a dental bridge. After the dentist numbs your teeth, he will prepare the anchoring teeth by removing some of the enamel to accommodate the crown. He will then create a mold or impression of the teeth so the dental laboratory can create an accurate bridge to fit perfectly in place. During the first appointment, a temporary bridge will be placed to last a few weeks until the laboratory can complete the custom bridge.
After the appointment, we will provide care instructions, which includes proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist to ensure your bridge lasts for as long as possible.