A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) prosthesis and is one of several options for replacing missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. A bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Indications for a fixed bridge:
– Replace 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 fixed dental prosthesis.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge is very similar to getting a crown. The procedure usually requires two or three visits.
– Local anesthetic
– Prepare and shape the abutment teeth to receive the bridge. Sometimes the space where teeth are missing also needs to be modified
– Take a highly accurate impression of the prepared teeth.
– Make and fit a temporary bridge which will stay on for approximately 2 weeks while the final bridge is being fabricated by the dental laboratory
– This appointment may need to be split into two separate days depending on the number of teeth missing and the condition of the abutment teeth
– Remove the temporary bridge
– Clean the teeth
– Try-in the new bridge and adjust to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
– Permanently cement the bridge in place