Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance that replaces missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. If you are in need of one, you and Dr. Vann 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 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.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. However they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented as a result of normal wear.

Reasons for fixed bridges:

  • Fill the space left by missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent the 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 your teeth are numb, Dr. Vann will prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow for crowns. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) will be made that will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made for you to wear 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 Dr. Vann may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge, and the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later date.

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