A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. Dr. Mahlin will discuss with you the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is a very popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal (ideally gold). All-porcelain fixed bridges are gaining popularity because they resemble your natural teeth. The all-porcelain bridge has a ceramic core, or foundation, instead of the metal of the traditional bridge. The all-porcelain bridge consists to two crowns that cover two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth), filling the gap created by one missing tooth. Dr. Mahlin utilizes the all-porcelain bridge most often when replacing a front tooth, where a dental implant is either not suitable or not desired by the patient.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
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 two or three visits. While the teeth are numb, Dr. Mahlin shapes the two anchoring teeth 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, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr. Mahlin may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. In this scenario, the new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new bridge.
Dr. Mahlin will be happy to discuss all-porcelain bridges if you have any questions.