A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance and is a great way to replace missing teeth. In the past, a dental bridge was considered the standard of care— today having an implant placed has become our first choice for tooth replacement.
You and your dentist will discuss several types of bridges available and decide on the best option for your particular case. The most popular type is the “traditional bridge,” it is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges resemble your natural teeth and are most popular. Porcelain bridges consist 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 very durable and last many years. Overtime they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Getting a fixed bridge normally requires two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown while the teeth are numb, a highly accurate impression (mold) is then made. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge is often made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
A permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit during the second visit. Sometimes your dentist may 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.
Your dentist will send you with care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Regular dental visits as well as proper brushing, flossing at home will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.