A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing
teeth that attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called
abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges)
or they can be removable. If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware
of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth
work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With
missing teeth, it's difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and
should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental
health and appearance.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent 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 a couple visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn 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 your dentist 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 a later time.