A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that can be used to replace missing teeth.

Bridges can be classified into several types.  During your consultation with your dentist, you will be able to discuss the best options for your particular situation.  A traditional bridge is the most popular type of bridge, and it is usually made out of a mixture of porcelain and metal.  It consists of two crowns that fit over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

As dental bridges are highly durable, they will last many years; however, due to normal wear, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill the space left by missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • A removable partial denture can be upgraded to a permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

It usually takes two or more visits to obtain a bridge.  In order to prepare the two anchoring teeth for the crown, a portion of enamel is removed from the two anchoring teeth while the teeth are numb.  A highly accurate impression (mold) will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.  Furthermore, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment at the dentist’s office.

Your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented at the second visit in order to ensure a proper fit.  It is possible that your dentist may only temporarily cement your bridge so that your teeth and tissue have time to become accustomed to it.  In the future, the new bridge will be permanently cemented in place at a later date.

At the end of the procedure, you will receive instructions on how to take care of your wound.  The longevity of your new permanent bridge will be enhanced by proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

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