A bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A traditional fixed bridge is usually made of porcelain or Zirconia ceramic fused to metal. Ceramic fixed bridges are popular because they can be fabricated to closely resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge places crowns on two of your existing teeth (anchors) and suspends a fake tooth or teeth between them to fill a gap. Ceramic fixed bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need to be re-cemented occasionally due to normal wear.
What do fixed bridges do?
Replace missing teeth
Maintain facial shape
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Improve chewing and speaking ability
Upgrade a removable partial denture
What can I expect?
Getting a bridge generally requires two or more visits. At your first visit, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the areas adjacent to your two anchor teeth. Your anchor teeth will then be "prep'd" by removing a portion of their enamel to make room for crowns. Next, we will take highly accurate impressions (models) of your teeth, which will be used by our laboratory to custom fabricate your bridge. We will then make you a temporary acrylic bridge that can be worn for a few weeks until your next appointment.
During your second visit, your new permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a good fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new permanent bridge.