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Porcelain Fixed Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile.

Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, zirconia or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge we are creating, its success depends on the foundation. It’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

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WHY A FIXED BRIDGE?

  • > You are missing a tooth and are not a candidate or chose not to have implants
  • > The teeth adjacent to your missing tooth need crowns

What to expect during the procedure

The procedure for a bridge is very similar to that of a crown. Essentially, the tooth in front of and behind the missing tooth are both receiving a crown while the missing tooth is being replaced with a “fake” tooth (called a pontic). To crown the adjacent teeth a small amount (1-2mm) of tooth structure must be removed circumferentially (360) around the teeth to give enough space for the crown material. At this time any areas of decay or broken down fillings will also be removed. When this is completed, an impression of your teeth will be taken. This impression will be sent to our very capable lab technicians who will use it to fabricate a precise-fitting bridge which will include the pontic in a color that matches your existing teeth. While you are waiting for your bridge to return from the lab you will be wearing a temporary bridge to protect the teeth and replace the missing tooth.

At your next appointment, about three weeks later, the temporary bridge will be removed and we will insert your permanent bridge. We will check to make sure it fits well, has a pleasing esthetic appearance, and feels comfortable when you bite down and chew. Some slight adjustment of the bridge may be necessary to make it perfect. Finally, the permanent bridge will be bonded or cemented to your tooth with dental cement. If you have any questions about bridges or a question during or after your procedure please feel free ask us!

I had a bridge placed, now what?

The bridge placement will restore function in that area of your mouth. To prolong the life of the bridge diligent brushing and flossing techniques are very important. Various products are available to assist you in flossing beneath the bridge and those will be reviewed with you. It is possible to fracture portions of the bridge material so you should avoid chewing ice or other very hard objects. Depending on the nature of your bite we may recommend that you wear a nightguard to help protect the bridge.

 

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