A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Previously, Bridge procedures usually required two appointments. This is no longer the case. Dr Barron is now able to fabricate bridges with the technologically advanced CEREC CAD. This technology allows us to fabricate your bridge while you wait. Appointments generally are done within 2.5 hours.
Dr. Barron will begin by shaping the two anchoring teeth removing a portion of enamel and any decay to allow for a crown. The teeth are then scanned with the CEREC. The restoration is then designed chairside while you wait. The restoration is then bonded and your bite adjusted until ideal. Occasionally a second bite adjust appointment may be needed.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.