A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
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 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:
- Restore the function lost by 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 fixed dental appliance.
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. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
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 at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, fixed bridge.