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Fixed Bridges

A great option to replace missing teeth, a dental fixed bridge is a permanent and non-removable appliance.

Bridges are available in several varieties, so consult with your dentist to determine the best option. Because they look like natural teeth, the most popular option is the traditional bridge, which is made of porcelain fused to metal. Traditional bridges contain two crowns that fit over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). They are attached to pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the space created by missing teeth.

Dental bridges are ideal for restoring a beautiful smile. They are very durable and will last for years with good oral hygiene. However, like most restorations, they are not permanent and may eventually require replacement.

Why a fixed bridge?

  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Fill space created by missing teeth.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.

What is the procedure for a fixed bridge?

Two or more visits are usually required for a bridge. Your dentist will numb the area and remove part of the enamel from the two anchoring teeth to make space for a crown. After that, an impression (mold) will be taken in order to accurately place the bridge. While the dental laboratory creates the bridge, your dentist will add a temporary bridge that you’ll wear for several weeks.

During your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked for accuracy and cemented into place. Under certain circumstances, your dentist may temporarily cement the bridge to give your teeth a chance to adjust. One they have adjusted, the bridge will be permanently cemented.

After your procedure, you will receive complete home care instructions. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene are encouraged to ensure a long life for your new permanent bridge.

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