A dental bridge serves as a fixed, non-removable appliance and is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth. There are various types of bridges available, and the most suitable option for your specific case will be determined through a discussion with Dr. Beller.
The traditional bridge is a popular choice and typically consists of porcelain fused to metal. It comprises two crowns that are placed over the abutment teeth (the supporting teeth on either side of the gap) and connected to pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the space left by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are known for their durability, and with proper care, they can last for many years. However, over time, normal wear and tear may necessitate replacement or re-cementation of the bridge to maintain its optimal function and aesthetics.
At 81st Street Dental, our skilled team will assess your specific needs and guide you in selecting the most suitable type of bridge to restore your smile. We prioritize long-lasting and effective solutions to enhance your oral health and overall well-being.
What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
The process of getting a fixed bridge typically involves multiple visits to the dentist. Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved:
Tooth Preparation: During the first visit, while the teeth are numbed, the two anchoring teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared. This involves removing a small portion of the enamel to create space for the placement of dental crowns.
Impressions: Once the teeth are prepared, a highly accurate impression or mold of your teeth and gums is taken. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory where your custom bridge will be fabricated. In the meantime, a temporary bridge will be created and placed to protect the prepared teeth and maintain aesthetics and function.
Second Visit: After a few weeks, you will return for the second visit. During this appointment, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked to ensure a proper fit and alignment with your bite. Any necessary adjustments will be made to achieve optimal comfort and functionality. The bridge will then be cemented into place.
Temporary Cementation (if applicable): In some cases, your dentist may choose to temporarily cement the bridge. This allows your teeth and surrounding tissues to adapt to the new restoration. At a subsequent visit, the bridge will be permanently cemented in place.
Aftercare Instructions: Following the procedure, your dentist will provide you with specific care instructions for your new bridge. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and attending routine dental check-ups. These practices will help prolong the lifespan of your permanent bridge and ensure the health of your teeth and gums.
By following these guidelines and seeking regular dental care, you can enjoy the long-term benefits of a fixed bridge in restoring your smile’s function, appearance, and overall oral health.