A bridge is used to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed Dental Bridge Procedure
The treatment usually takes two or three appointments to complete.
- Second Appointment
At the second appointment the temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is seated. A visual, tactile and radiographic exam is used to verify the fit. You will also have a chance to approve the esthetics and fit of the bridge. Following that the bridges are cemented.
- What Materials Are Used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious meta
- First Appointment
At the first appointment one of our highly trained dentists will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. It is necessary to remove some tooth structure to be able to create a space for the bridge materials so that it is the same size as the original teeth. We always try to be as conservative as possible during this procedure. A detailed impression of the prepared teeth and arch are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge made of acrylic resin will be placed and cemented. You will receive care instructions as temporary bridges can be quite fragile.
Fixed bridges are cemented or bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges on the other hand can be taken out and cleaned or adjusted. They hold on to your natural teeth with clasps or by precision attachments. Fixed bridges do offer more stability than their removable counterparts.