If you are missing teeth, we may suggest a fixed dental bridge to fill the gap. A dental bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth fused between two or more of your surrounding teeth to fill in the area left by missing teeth. Most often bridges are made of porcelain and are crafted to match the color of your natural teeth. Once cemented in place, your dental bridge is highly durable and will last many years. However, dental bridge may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for fixed dental 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 dental bridge involve?
It usually takes two or more visits to be fitted for a permanent dental bridge. Once the teeth are numb, we’ll prepare your two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, we’ll take an impression (mold) of the area and send it to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. We’ll also create a temporary bridge for your use until your next appointment.
On your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented into place. Sometimes we’ll use temporarily cement so that your teeth and gums have some time to get used to your new bridge. We’ll permanently cement your new bridge during your next appointment.
Using a dental bridge also helps to maintain a more youthful shape of your face by preventing that sunken-in appearance caused by missing teeth.
As always, proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will help to preserve the health of your gums beneath the bridges and aid in the life of your new permanent dental bridge.