A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. Dr. Yaley will discuss the best option for your particular case with you. The “traditional bridge” is usually made of porcelain fused to metal and is popular because it resembles natural teeth. This type of 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.
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 to get 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 more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made and sent to a dental laboratory that will make the bridge. A temporary bridge will be worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr. Yaley may only temporarily cement the bridge, to allow your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented later.
You will receive care instructions after the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 235- 8030.