A Dental bridge is a prosthesis of a fixed, non-removable, dental appliance. This is a great, less invasive, way to replace missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several types of dental bridges, in a variety of materials. Dr. Gregorin will discuss which option is best for you in your particular situation. The most common type of bridge is usually made of porcelain that is fused to metal. This is the most popular type of bridge because they most resemble your own natural teeth. Using two crowns which are placed onto two healthy teeth, this will serve as an anchor, then with one or multiple artificial teeth in between, we will create a bridge, hence its name.
Dental bridges are highly durable and should last many years, Dr. Gregorin will check the status of your bridge during your regular dental checkup to see if it needs to be re-cemented or replaced.
Common Reasons for Getting a Fixed Bridge
- to fill the space of one or multiple missing teeth.
- maintain or help repair your facial shape due to missing teeth.
- prevent neighboring teeth shifting.
- fix any chewing issues.
- fix any speech issues due to missing teeth.
- restore your smile and your confidence.
- be carefree from a removable partial denture to the freedom of a permanent appliance.
What is the Procedure of Getting a Fixed Bridge?
While your teeth are numb, Dr. Gregorin will prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing enough enamel to fit a dental crown. Next, he will take an accurate impression, or mold, to be sent to a dental laboratory, which is where your bridge will be fabricated. We will help you with a temporary bridge until your permanent one is ready at your next appointment.
With your new permanent bridge ready, we will be carefully check the bite and fit, make any adjustments, and cement your new bridge into place for a proper, comfortable fit and bite..