A porcelain fixed bridge is a very attractive and effective way to replace missing teeth. Gaps in your smile can be embarrassing and often make you look older. Missing teeth can also interfere with your ability to chew properly and may cause your other teeth to slowly shift out of place. A porcelain fixed bridge is a non-removeable appliance which literally “bridges” the gap between your existing teeth, restoring your smile to its natural strength and beauty.
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 are most popular because they 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), 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. A fixed bridge is usually used when you are missing teeth only on one side of your mouth or when you have just a few teeth to replace.
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?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. 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. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your 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.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
What are the advantages of using bridges over dentures?
Porcelain fixed bridges look and feel better than partial dentures because they are locked securely in place. They’re stronger and more stable than partials – you don’t have to worry about dentures coming loose, unattractive clasps or messy dental creams. Not only do fixed bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth, they also increase your bite strength and can even reduce or eliminate the pain associated with common dental problems.
Fixed bridges are made out of durable, natural-looking materials that are resistant to stains, chips and decay. Your dentist will customize your bridge to carefully match the shape and colour of your own teeth, giving you a beautiful, new look. Strong, stable and attractive, a well-made fixed bridge will give you something to smile about every time you look in the mirror!
To learn more about porcelain fixed bridges, we invite you to book a professional consultation with Dental Health Group today!