WHAT IS A FIXED BRIDGE?
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Since there are several types of bridges, it is important to consult with your dentist to determine the best options and alternatives for your case. The “traditional bridge” is the most common bridging technique and is usually made of porcelain that is fused to metal. This bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), which fills the gap that forms when one or more teeth are missing.
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
Although there are many instances that require a fixed bridge, these are the most common:
· Fill 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 dental appliance.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE WHEN GETTING A FIXED BRIDGE?
Usually, a bridge requires two or more visits. While teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until the final installation 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 the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
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Our team at Spanish Trail Dentistry is located in Pensacola, FL but serves patients from surrounding areas such as Gulf Breeze, Milton, Pace, and Cantonment, FL. Contact us today for your consultation to get the smile you’ve always wanted!