Fixed Dental Bridge
What Is A Fixed Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge (also known as a tooth bridge) is a fixed, non-removable, appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of tooth bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional dental bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of dental bridge consists to two or more crowns that go over anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A fixed dental bridge is very useful when replacing a tooth or a couple of teeth that are no longer viable. With the skills of a quality dental lab, your porcelain bridge can create a smile of beauty. Dr. Offenback uses a top quality local laboratory and has been doing business with them over 20 years. They do NOT use any lead based pigments as many labs may use. Your bridge will be a custom work of art which you may rely upon for years of smiles and thousands of meals!
Reasons For A Fixed Dental 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 Is A Fixed Bridge Procedure?
Getting a fixed dental 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 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 dental bridge will be made and worn for a few weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be tried in, 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.
Maintenance of a Fixed Bridge
To maintain your porcelain fixed bridge, treat your bridge in the same manner as you would your original teeth; routine brushing with ADA approved toothpaste and regular flossing. To floss underneath your bridge, Dr. Offenback will provide you with floss threaders. These handy tools look like oversized needle threaders and assist you in getting the floss underneath your tooth bridge to keep your gum tissues healthy. These are readily available at your pharmacy in the dental aisles.
What Are Options To A Fixed Bridge?
Today, many times it may be more prudent for you to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. Dr. Offenback will discuss the pros and cons of a fixed bridge vs. a dental implant with you. Visit our dental implants page for more information.