Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A porcelain dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth). A bridge can be used to accomplish the following:

  • Fill gaps left by missing teeth
  • Prevent the shifting of teeth due to extra space
  • Restore a fully functioning bite
  • Retain the face’s natural shape
  • Replace a partial denture
  • Unhinder speech
  • Promote a natural, radiant smile

There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.  Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular because the porcelain material resembles natural teeth. Porcelain bridges comprise two crowns that go over the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are called abutment teeth. Between the crowns, an artificial tooth, known as a pontic, is placed. This tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. Best of all, when you smile, no one will know you have a dental appliance!

Procedure

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.  While your teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.  Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge 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 a dentist will only temporarily cement a bridge, allowing the patient’s teeth and tissue some 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 your treatment. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement, or they may need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge. Please call us to schedule an appointment if you are interested in receiving a bridge treatment.