Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap that is created by a missing tooth. Traditional porcelain bridges are the most popular due to the aesthetically natural look of the color and texture of the material. The porcelain pontics (artificial teeth) are fused to a metal bridge and fixed in place by two anchoring crowns either side of the gap.
When would a dental bridge be needed?
- Fill in the space caused 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.
How does the dentist fit the bridge?
Fixed bridges must be created using precise measurements and molds will be used to create an exact sized bridge and crowns. Your teeth will be numbed, and the two anchoring teeth will be carefully prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel for crowns to be fitted on top of. An impression is made of these teeth and sent to a lab to create a fixed bridge. A temporary bridge will be fitted at this appointment.
At the second appointment the permanent bridge will be fitted by cementing it on to create the perfect fit. If necessary, the bridge will also be adjusted.
Follow all instructions given to you by the dentist to prolong the life of the bridge.