Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is a practical and durable option for replacing missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. However, porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular because they most resemble the look and feel or your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to one or more artificial teeth (called pontics), filling the gap created by missing teeth.
A porcelain fixed bridge is a great option for:
- Filling space left from missing teeth to restore your smile
- Restoring proper chewing and speaking ability
- Preventing your remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Maintaining your natural facial shape
- Upgrading from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Getting fitted with a fixed bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression of your teeth is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. Then a temporary bridge will be fitted or you to wear until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to your abutment teeth to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, we may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. In this case, the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later appointment.
You will be provided with care instructions for your prosthetic following your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new permanent bridge.
To learn more about fixed bridges or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at our Washington, DC dental office.