A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
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There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Atkins 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. Pontics (artificial teeth) are attached to the bridge to fill 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 due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
To fill space of missing teeth.
To maintain facial shape.
To prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
To restore chewing and speaking ability.
To restore your smile.
To 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, Dr. Atkins prepares the two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, he takes a highly accurate impression (mold) of your teeth that he sends to a dental laboratory where the permanent bridge will be fabricated. In addition, Dr. Atkins makes a temporary bridge that you will wear until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper, comfortable fit. Occasionally Dr. Atkins may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at another visit.
Our staff will give you care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits let you enjoy a nice, long relationship with your new permanent bridge.