A fixed (non-removable) bridge is a traditional option for replacing a missing tooth. A bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic, or artificial tooth, that fills the space left by the missing tooth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be recemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill spaces created by missing teeth
- 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, non-removable restoration
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for the thickness of the crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is taken of the teeth, 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 a few weeks until the next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.