A porcelain fixed bridge is an excellent treatment option to permanently replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges that use different materials. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular treatment needs. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. The porcelain fixed bridge is one of the most popular treatment options because it resembles the natural teeth. A porcelain fixed bridge consists to two tooth colour 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.
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?
Weather getting a porcelain fixed bridge or one made of other material, the preparation and placement usually require 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 several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper, natural fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get adapt to the new restoration. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive instructions on how to care for your fixed bridge at the final appointment. While maintaining timely dental visits, proper brushing, special flossing techniques and the use of specific dental aids will contribute to the healthy, long life of your new permanent fixed bridge.