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A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that is used to replace missing teeth. Because it is fixed, it is non-removable, making a lasting and secure option to replace teeth that are missing. Porcelain fixed bridges are popular because they are made to closely resemble your natural teeth. This makes them an ideal solution to correct a smile.
A porcelain fixed bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth, referred to as abutment teeth, that are attached to the artificial teeth being used to fill the gap left by missing teeth. They are made to be highly durable and can have a long lifespan.
There are several reasons a patient may seek out a cosmetic dentistry procedure such as a porcelain bridge. Missing teeth can create a host of other issues in your mouth and a fixed bridge is an excellent way to:
The procedure to receive a porcelain fixed bridge is broken into two appointments. At the first appointment, our cosmetic dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb the area that is to be worked on. We then prepare the anchoring teeth to receive the crowns that will act as the anchors for the bridge. We will remove any decay and/or old fillings and shape the tooth to allow for the crown. Then, we take an impression that can be sent to the dental lab to create the bridgework. We will place a temporary bridge until your next appointment.
Once your permanent bridge has been created, you will visit us again. At this appointment, we will remove the temporary bridge so we can place the permanent one. We will carefully place it and adjust it until the desired fit is achieved, then it will be cemented into place.
To ensure your bridge lasts, proper oral care is essential. Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day and maintain all regular visits with your dentist.
With proper oral hygiene, your bridge can last up to 10 years or even longer. However, as with all cosmetic dentistry and restoration procedures, your bridge may need to be re-cemented at some point. Your teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear each day, so your bridge may require replacement or need to be re-cemented at some point. The best way to extend the life of your bridge is to take proper care of your smile, visit your dentist regularly, and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
There are numerous advantages to choosing a porcelain bridge to replace missing teeth. A fixed porcelain bridge can: