A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. In the 21st Century dental implants would be the treatment of choice. Sometimes the clinical situation dictates that a conventional bridge is advised.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most common type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain only bridges are will more closely resemble your natural teeth.
One type of bridge consists to two 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.
Another type of bridge is an ‘adhesive’ or ‘Maryland’ bridge which uses only one tooth to support the artificial crown with only minimal change to the enamel surface of the supporting tooth. This type of bridge can be used to replace a missing front tooth prior to completion of dental implant treatment
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 creating a fixed bridge involve?
Creating a bridge usually requires two or more visits. The tooth or teeth are prepared. Next, a highly accurate impression (mould) is made which will be sent to a specialist dental laboratory (Schoenitz Dental Laboratory in Northwood) where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for a couple of weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
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