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. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. 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?
The bridges we do are all ceramic bridges fabricated using one visit Cerec technology. A fixed bridge will fill the space created when one or more adjacent teeth are missing. To support the bridge it is necessary to have an abutment or supporting tooth on each side of the space. The bridge itself is one piece yet it visually appears to be individual teeth.
These highly aesthetic, durable bridges have several distinct advantages. They are fabricated in one visit instead of two - therefore there is no need for an impression or a temporary bridge. Because there is no second visit, there is also no need to be numb again. The exception is when a temporary Cerec bridge is fabricated at the time a tooth is removed. In this case the temporary bridge states in place during the time the extraction site is healing.
So what does an appointment look like to get a one visit Cerec bridge?
Color images of the teeth are taken using a special camera. Removal of old fillings and decay is completed on the teeth in front of and behind the space, followed by the placement of a bonded build-ups as needed. A scan of the prepared teeth is then obtained.
Your new bridge is custom designed using the Cerec software, then milled from a ceramic block. At this point we take a few minutes to try-in the bridge over the prepared teeth. Margins, contacts with adjacent teeth, and the bite are evaluated. Because of the accuracy of the system adjustments are very seldom necessary.
After polishing a glaze is applied to the bridge and it is fired in a computer controlled porcelain oven. The teeth are then isolated and the bridge is cemented in place. Home care of brushing and flossing along with regular hygiene appointments in our office, will help you enjoy your new bridge for years to come.