Porcelain Fixed Bridges

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.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of a porcelain outer layer fused to a gold framework.  A bridge consists of anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) on either side of the missing teeth and pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap.  All the individual components are linked together to create one solid appliance that is cemented into place.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or may 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?

Getting a bridge usually requires three appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom bridge.  

At the second appointment, while the teeth are numb, the dentist will prepare all the surfaces of the abutment teeth and a detailed impression will be taken.  A temporary bridge will be made, cemented with temporary cement and your bite will be checked.  Your new bridge will take about two weeks to be fabricated by a dental laboratory.

At the third appointment your temporary bridge will be removed and your new bridge will be carefully placed to ensure the fit, color and bite is accurate.  Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing time for your teeth and soft tissues to get used to the new bridge.  The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices with special flossing instructions, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new bridge.