Dental Bridges, sometimes called a fixed partial denture is an option to replace 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.
There are several types of bridges. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain which resembles your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of 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.
To place a dental bridge, a small amount of tooth enamel will be removed from the abutment teeth to allow room for a crown. Next, impressions of your teeth are made and sent to a dental laboratory where your bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn to protect your teeth until your next appointment. At your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. After any necessary adjustments are made, our dentist will permanently cement the dental bridge in place.
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.