Dental Bridges Can Complete a Compromised Smile

Fixed Bridges

The traditional way of replacing teeth that have been extracted or are otherwise missing is by using a non-removable fixed dental bridge.

There are a variety of options available for bridges. It is up to you to discuss all of this with your dentist and choose the option that best suits your needs. The most popular bridge is the “traditional bridge” which is normally made with porcelain that has been fused to metal. There are two crowns that are made and will be positioned on top of the two teeth anchoring the bridge. These are called the “abutment teeth”. These crowns are attached to the artificial teeth (the pontics) and they close the gap that is there from the absent tooth or teeth.

Fixed dental bridges are made to last for many years and made of very durable materials, but they will possibly need to be replaced or perhaps re-cemented as a result of normal wear and tear.

Common reasons for having fixed bridges fitted and placed:

  • To replace missing teeth
  • To keep the teeth remaining from moving out of place
  • To maintain the shape of the face
  • To replace a partial denture and upgrade it to a permanent fixed dental appliance
  • To keep the teeth remaining from moving out of place
  • Restore the ability to speak and chew
  • Bring back your smile

What do I have to go through to get a fixed bridge?

You’re going to need to visit your dentist at least twice, perhaps more. Your teeth are numbed so that the teeth that are going to anchor the bridge, can be prepared for the crowns. Portions of the tooth enamel need to be removed so the crowns can be fitted. A mold (impression) is made which goes to the dental lab that makes the dental bridge. You’re going to be fitted with a provisional bridge that you will wear for a few weeks until your permanent bridge is ready to be placed during your next visit.

During your second appointment, your permanent fixed bridge will be adapted and fitted very carefully and any needed adjustments will be made. Once it’s perfect, it will be cemented in. Once in a while, a dentist will just cement it temporarily so that your surrounding tissue and teeth can adapt to the new appliance. Once you’ve gotten used to the bridge, it will be cemented in permanently.

Once the procedure is finished, you will be given some instructions as to how to care for your bridge and your teeth in general. As long as you continue with proper brushing and flossing and see your dentist on a regular basis, your new fixed bridge should last a long time.

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