A Dental bridge is a prosthesis of a fixed, non-removable, dental restoration. This is one great way to replace missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several types of dental bridges, available 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 placed on the two healthy teeth adjacent to the space, this will serve as an anchor. Then one or multiple artificial teeth are placed in between these anchor teeth, creating a bridge, hence its name.
Dental bridges are highly durable and should last many years if maintained with good home care. Dr. Gregorin will check the status of your bridge during your regular dental checkups.
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 from shifting.
- fix chewing issues.
- fix 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 restoration.
What is the Procedure of Getting a Fixed Bridge?
It is a two appointment procedure, similar to a single crown. At the first appointment Dr. Gregorin will prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing enough enamel to fit a dental crown. Next, he will take an accurate digital impression, or mold, to be sent to a dental laboratory, which is where your bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge is made until your permanent one is ready for cementation at your next appointment.
With your new permanent bridge back from the lab, we will carefully check the bite and fit, make any adjustments, and cement it into place with a proper, comfortable fit and bite.