A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is one 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. A bridge may be made of various materials and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth) that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years if cared for properly and not abused; however, like all dental restorations it could eventually require maintenance by your doctor or even replacement.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
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 does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for the crown/bridge material. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be used to fabricate the bridge. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
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.