Dental bridges are fixed appliances that will work to restore the structure and function of your teeth after tooth loss. These appliances are non-removable, so they will become a permanent part of your smile. There are many different types of bridges, and we can help you choose the option that is right for your unique dental needs.
A traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge used to treat tooth loss, and it is made of metal and porcelain. The bridge contains two porcelain crowns fused to metal that will slip over two anchoring teeth found on either side of the artificial teeth. The bridge then fills the gap that was created due to tooth loss.
Reasons for Choosing a Fixed BridgeThere are numerous reasons that you might choose a fixed bridge to correct your tooth loss:
Getting Your Fixed BridgeThe process of getting your bridge will generally require at least two appointments with your dentist. Your teeth will be numbed to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, and the anchoring teeth will then be prepared to make room for a crown. Molds will be made of your teeth to be sent to a dental lab, and the bridge is fabricated at this facility. You may also be able to wear a temporary bridge until your follow-up appointment, which will usually be scheduled about three weeks out.
At your next visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be bonded or cemented into place.
Caring for Your Dental BridgeBridges are created to be highly durable, and with proper care, they can last for years and even decades. However, recurrent decay or wear can require them to need replacement, so be sure to follow up with your dentist regularly to ensure that your appliance is still in good shape. You should also be sure to brush and floss properly in order to keep your remaining teeth healthy and avoid future tooth loss.