Dental bridges refer to non-removable or fixed appliances that help to fill gaps between teeth. Different materials can be used to accomplish this, including porcelain fused to metal, though porcelain is the most popular because of its close resemblance to natural teeth.
A fixed bridge comprises two crowns placed over two anchoring or abutment teeth, which in return are attached to artificial teeth (pontics), essentially filling any gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bridges – Bridging the Gap
Dental porcelain has an amazing ability to not only replicate the form, but the function of original teeth as well, which makes porcelain fixed bridges truly useful when looking to replace one or more teeth. The porcelain is sculpted to replicate the look of your natural tooth enamel, while its durability delivers a strong and reliable base.
With porcelain fixed dental bridges, you can:
- Fill gaps of missing teeth
- Restore your chewing and speaking ability
- Maintain facial structure
- Stop the remaining teeth from moving out of their position
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from your removable denture to a permanent appliance
What to Expect During Dental Bridge Treatment
Getting a treatment receiving a dental bridge placed typically requires two visits. Depending on the type of bridge, the dentist numbs your teeth and starts preparing the anchoring teeth (usually two on either side of the gap) by removing a portion of the tooth enamel to allow for the crown.
Afterwards, an accurate impression is made and sent to the dental lab to aid in fabrication of your custom bridge. Until the final bridge is ready, you will have to wear a temporary bridge for several weeks. Proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups are still necessary after the permanent porcelain bridge is cemented.
Dental Bridges FAQ
How long do porcelain fixed dental bridges last?
With proper home care and regular dental visits, your bridges should last over the typical 10 – 15 years range.
Who is the ideal candidate for a dental bridge?
Most people with one or more missing teeth can get a porcelain fixed dental bridge. There are many risks of leaving gaps between your teeth, including the increased susceptibility for decay, gum disease, and drifting of other teeth out of position.
What color will the dental bridge be?
The objective is to give you a brighter smile without compromising on a natural look. Your front teeth are typically whiter than the molars, so you should discuss with your dentist and determine the ideal shade of your bridge depending on the current condition of your adjacent, natural teeth.
What are the different types of fixed bridges?
You can have one of three types of dental bridges depending on the location of the gap being filled. The three are traditional fixed bridges, resin bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges.
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