A dental bridge, a fixed (non-removable) appliance, is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
With several types of bridges available, you and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The traditional bridge, the most popular type, is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring, or abutment, teeth--one on either side of the gap left by missing teeth. The crowns are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap.
Dental bridges, being highly durable, are made to last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented after normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge
Fill the space of 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 one
What getting a fixed bridge involves
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. At the first appointment, the two anchoring teeth are prepared for crowns after they have been numbed. A precise impression (mold) is made that will be sent to a dental laboratory where it 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 homecare instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the longevity of your new permanent bridge.