A dental bridge, a fixed (nonremovable) appliance, is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. A traditional bridge, usually made of porcelain fused to metal, consists of two crowns that go over the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and that are attached to pontics (artificial teeth) which fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are made to last many years; however, they may need to be re-cemented or replaced eventually.
Reasons for a fixed bridge
Fill spaces left 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 permanent dental appliance
What getting a fixed bridge involves
Getting a bridge usually requires at least two visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel 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 for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will preserve the life of your new permanent bridge.