Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Greiner will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” has usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Recently a new very strong cermaic material, “Zirconium”, has replaced the metal giving you a more esthetic “all ceramic” bridge. This type of bridge consists to two crowns on either end of the bridge that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and have the pontic, (artificial tooth), attached between, replacing the missing teeth. 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.
A bridge used to be the standard of care. While it is still and excellent option, implants have become the standard of care for single or even multiple missing teeth.
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 visits. The two abutment teeth are prepared. Next, a highly accurate impression is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge of tooth colored acrylic will be made until your new permanent, fixed bridge is bonded into place. 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.