Dr. Sid Solomon has over 27 years of experience expertly and successfully placing dental bridges on our patients. A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that “bridges” the gap created by missing teeth. It is an excellent way of replacing one or more missing teeth by using natural teeth or implants for support.
There are various types of bridges. Our expert dental team will determine the best type of bridge for each patient’s individual case. The “traditional bridge” is the most commonly used bridge and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that can either fit over natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap (abutment teeth). An artificial tooth (pontic) is attached between these two anchoring teeth to fill the gap created by the missing teeth. Fixed bridges not only restore your original, beautiful smile, but are also very important for your oral health and alignment of teeth.
What are fixed bridges used for?
- Fill in missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting into the gap, which may result in a change in your bite and TMJ problems
- Restore proper chewing and speaking
- Restore your natural smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
The placement of a fixed bridge usually involves one to two dental visits. During the first visit the two anchoring (abutement) teeth are prepared for crown placement. Some enamel is removed from each tooth to allow space for the crowns. Then, highly accurate impressions are taken to be sent to the dental laboratory, which will fabricate the fixed-bridge. The impression will also be used to create a temporary bridge that will be worn for several weeks until the next appointment.
During the second visit, the temporary bridge will be replaced with the permanent bridge. The permanent bridge will first be carefully checked and adjusted to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Depending on the patient, the dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge so the teeth and surrounding tissue can have time to acclimate to the new bridge. After a few weeks, the bridge will be permanently cemented. In addition, you will receive important instructions regarding proper care, brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits regarding your new bridge.
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