Dental BridgeAnother option to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge, a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several different types of bridges. There is the traditional bridge that can be processed in porcelain fused to metal or in the more esthetic lava dental material. A fixed bridge consists of two crowns that will go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth), the teeth next to the space where a tooth was extracted. The anchoring teeth are attached to the pontic (artificial teeth), which is filling in the gap from the tooth or teeth that were extracted.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE:
Fill the space from missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Upgrade from a removable partial
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Restore your smile
Maintain facial shape
FIXED BRIDGE PROCESS
Getting a bridge usually is a two-appointment process. The anchoring teeth for the bridge will be prepped by removing any decay or old fillings and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown of the bridge. Next, the highly accurate final impression will be taken which will be used to fabricate the custom bridge. A temporary bridge will be made and worn for a two-week period until the permanent bridge is ready for placement. The second visit will consist of removing the temporary bridge and the permanent bridge will be properly seated and carefully checked and adjusted to achieve the proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.