Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Proper oral health is important in helping us maintain our smiles, but sometimes it is necessary if we have lost some of our teeth, to use the option of replacing them with porcelain fixed bridges. Fixed dental bridges are an appliance that is non-removable and a great way to replace missing teeth, thus restoring our ability to eat properly, have a healthy smile, and to keep the natural teeth from shifting out of place.
Several types of dental bridges exist and it is advised to consult with your dentist about which treatment options are best for your needs. A more traditional bridge is the popular choice and is made from porcelain that is fused to metal. This option is popular due to them resembling real teeth. The fixed bridge is made with two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth or abutment teeth, and are then attached to pontics or artificial teeth. This fills the gap created by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges, while durable for many years, do need to be replaced after a certain period of time or may need to be re-cemented because of normal wear and tear. Here are a few reasons to help you decide of fixed bridges would be suitable for you:
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Maintain the shape of the face
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking abilities
- Great choice of permanent replacement appliance
The Process of Getting a Porcelain Fixed Bridge
Now you may have come to the point where there are a few questions about the process and what will take place during your visits. It will require at least two or more visits.
On your first visit, the dentist will consult with you about your preferences and if you decide this procedure is right for you, the fixed bridge process will begin by numbing your teeth. When the teeth are numbed, the two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel of the tooth to allow for a crown to be placed on them. The next step is getting a very accurate impression or mold of your mouth, gums and teeth and this mold will be sent to the dental laboratory where the partial will be made. In addition to this, the dentist may give you a temporary bridge to wear for several weeks until your next appointment.
On your second visit, we will have your partial and will check it carefully and make adjustments. It will then be cemented for a proper fit. There are times when we will not cement the bridge right away, but will use a temporary cement to insure a proper and accurate fit. This allows your teeth and tissue to adapt to the new bridge and if there are any problems the dentist will make further adjustments until it is just right. The new bridge will then be cemented in permanently at a later date. You will get care instructions on how to properly care for your teeth and your new bridge during the final appointment. The care instructions include how to properly brush and floss, as well as other dental care tips that include regular visits to ensure a longer life expectancy for your new fixed dental bridge.