Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth filling the space with a natural feeling replacement restoration.

There are several types of bridges.  You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  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 to 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.  A dental bridge is similar to the Ambassador bridge, one tooth is Detroit, one tooth is Windsor and the replacement tooth represents the Ambassador bridge spanning the missing tooth gap.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they will at some point require replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. Longevity of dental bridges is directly dependent upon your home care and keeping your routine dental checkup appointments to check for any signs of issues on the supporting teeth and gums.

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 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 in oder to insure the bridge is the same size as your natural teeth.  We then take a highly accurate impression (mold)  which will be sent to our dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. You will be provided with a temporary bridge to prevent any movement of teeth while we await your completed bridge from the lab.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  On occasion Dr. Moseley  may  temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge as it settles into final position.  This will eliminate any stress on the supporting teeth and avoid early tooth fracture.  The new bridge will then be final cemented.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.