Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A traditional bridge can be made out of zirconia which is very strong and tooth-coloured, gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal. A fixed 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.
Dental floss is extremely durable and will last for years; but may need to be replaced or re-cemented because of the normal wear required.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Restore the function lost by missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent the position of the remaining teeth from shifting.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Move semi-removable braces to fixed dental appliances.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are reshaped to allow for a crown. Then, highly accurate templates (molds) are made to be sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be made. Again, a temporary bridge will be created and held until your next visit.
At the second visit, your new bridge will be carefully checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. Once this is achieved, the bridge will be cemented.
You will receive care instructions after surgery. Brushing, proper flossing, and regular dental checkups will help keep your newly repaired bridge alive.