Fixed Dental Bridges from Scottsdale Prosthodontist
A dental bridge is a cemented restoration and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. The fixed bride is an option between a dental implant or a removable partial denture.
A bridge uses teeth adjacent to the missing tooth which are prepared similar to a crown preparation. The final restoration is a series of joined crowns consisting of the retainers which cement over the natural teeth and the pontics which replace the missing teeth. These are popular solutions for missing teeth because they can be more affordable than implant restorations and they typically take less time to complete. Bridges are usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two or more crowns that go over two or more 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. It is advised to have regular dental cleanings to identify any potential problems with the restoration.
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.
An improvement from a removable partial denture.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an impression is made which will be used to fabricate the final restoration. A temporary bridge will be made and worn until the final bridge is ready to be placed.
At the second visit the permanent restoration will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.