A porcelain bridge is beautiful and durable restorations that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth (pontic) fused between two crowns.
The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implant. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
Bridges are constructed and customized to fit each individual’s mouth and fill this gap. The natural teeth on either side of the gap provide the necessary support for the bridge.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
- Restoring a natural smile
- Restoring proper chewing and speaking abilities
- Maintaining a natural shape of the face
- Distributing biting force properly by replacing the missing teeth
- Preventing other remaining teeth from drifting out of their positions
- Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
What are the steps involved in a porcelain bridge?
Getting a porcelain bridge usually takes two or more appointments.
First, our dentist will numb the area to be treated with local anesthetic. Next, the teeth will be prepared on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin to allow the crowns to sit on top and fit with the rest of your teeth. Once this process is completed, a model or impression will be made of your teeth. This model is sent out to the cosmetic dental laboratory to fabricate the permanent bridge to match your smile. A temporary bridge will be created and placed on the prepared tooth to seal and protect the teeth temporarily until your permanent one is ready for placement.
During the next appointment, our dentist will remove the temporary bridge, ensure the prepared teeth are cleaned, and place the custom made permanent one over the prepared teeth. Our dentist may need to make adjustments to ensure your new bridge fits and feels natural in your mouth. The new bridge is then permanently cemented. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.
With proper care and follow up, your dental bridge is strong and designed to last for years. bridges need to be brushed and flossed daily like regular teeth, and need to be evaluated every 6 months by our team during your regular exam to ensure that the structure is sound. Our team will teach how to use a floss threader to floss under and around the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. Like most dental restorations, porcelain bridges may eventually need to be replaced or re-cemented.
We will help you determine whether a porcelain bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. For more information, please call or visit us today. We are dedicated to providing the best possible dental care for you.