A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable appliance often used to replace missing teeth. The traditional bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. It consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They may, however, need to be re-cemented or replaced after some time.
Reasons for a Bridge:
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Maintain facial shape
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent appliance
At least two appointments are usually necessary for a bridge procedure. During the first visit, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow space for the crown. Next, a mold is made for the custom bridge. You will also be fitted with a temporary bridge, which you will wear for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully adjusted and cemented to fit perfectly. Sometimes the bridge is temporarily cemented so that your teeth and tissue have time to adapt to the appliance. In these cases, the new bridge will be permanently cemented during another visit.