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Fixed Bridge

A dental bridge is a non-removable, "fixed' appliance (prosthetic) and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.


What are the benefits of a fixed bridge:

  • Restore your smile

  • Restore chewing and speaking ability

  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position

  • Maintain facial shape and profile

  • Fill in spaces where teeth are missing

  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a non-removable, permanent prosthetic


There are several types of fixed bridges. Your dentist will discuss with you the best options for your particular case.  The most popular type is usually made of porcelain-fused-to-metal.  Typically crowns are placed on anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and artificial teeth (pontic teeth) are attached and suspended between the abutments, filling the gaps created by the missing teeth.


Dental bridges are highly durable and will last for many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.


What does getting a fixed bridge Involve?

Getting a fixed bridge may require 2-5 visits.  While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to allow space for the crown.  Then a highly accurate impression (mold) is taken which will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the bridge will be fabricated.  An acrylic provisional (temporary) bridge will be made and worn to protect the prepared teeth until your next appointment.


At subsequent visits the temporary bridge will be taken off and the lab work will be tried-in and carefully checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally, when the bridge is ready, the dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge in, allowing your teeth and gum tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later visit.


Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in increasing the longevity of your new permanent bridge.


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