Porcelain Fixed Bridges
What are Porcelain Fixed Bridges?
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 case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. 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. Special dental cement is used to fix the bridge to the teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Porcelain fixed bridges are tooth-coloured restorations that are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Why are Porcelain Fixed Bridges Used?
Like regular fixed bridges, porcelain fixed bridges are used to:
- 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 Porcelain Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mould) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented later.
You will receive care instructions after the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.