A dental bridge is a non-removable device that is used to replace missing teeth. The most popular type consists of two crowns that are placed on two anchoring teeth, which are attached to artificial teeth or pontics that replace one or more missing teeth. It is usually made from porcelain fused to metal. A dental bridge is very durable and will last for many years. At times they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for getting a fixed bridge
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position
- Restore speaking and chewing ability
- Maintain the shape of the face
- Restore a pleasant appearance
- Upgrade from a removable denture to a permanent appliance
What is the process of getting a fixed bridge?
Two or more visits are required to get a fixed bridge. At the first appointment Dr Yash will take several molds or impressions that will be used to create two custom crowns. The mold will also be used to create a temporary bridge which you will wear until your new bridge is produced by a dental laboratory. This takes approximately two weeks. Then Dr Yash will numb and then prepare the two anchoring teeth. A portion of the enamel is removed so that a crown can be positioned on each of these teeth. The temporary bridge is placed and your bite is checked.
At the second visit your permanent bridge will be positioned, adjusted, and cemented into place. Occasionally the bridge will not be cemented permanently at this visit. In order to allow your teeth and gums time to adjust to the new bridge, temporary cement will be used. This will require a third appointment to have the bridge permanently cemented. Dr Yash will give you instructions for the care of your new bridge.
If you have any questions or concerns about fixed bridges, please call or contact our office.