Wade Karhan, DDS
Comprehensive General Dentistry
Call: (330) 925-2986

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance. It is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges.  You and Wade A. Karhan, DDS, will discuss the best options for you. 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 of 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. If you need to get a new bridge or have an existing one repaired, schedule an appointment with us today!

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 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; you don't need an uncomfortable temporary bridge. The exception is when a temporary Cerec bridge is fabricated at the time a tooth is removed. In this case, the temporary bridge stays in place during the time the extraction site is healing. 

So what does an appointment look like to get a one visit 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 CAD/CAM software, and then it is milled from a ceramic block. At this point, we take a few minutes to try on the bridge over the prepared teeth. Margins, contacts with adjacent teeth, and the bite are evaluated. Because of the accuracy of the system, lengthy or complicated 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. Brushing twice a day, flossing as often, and maintaining a regular hygiene schedule with the dentist helps you enjoy your new bridge for years to come. 

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