What is a Porcelain Fixed Bridge?
A porcelain fixed bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Why Should I Get a Dental 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.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Bridges – Also known as fixed bridges, traditional bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or a false tooth, in between. Fixed bridges are the most common type of dental bridges and are either made out of porcelain fused to metal or out of ceramics.
Resin-Bonded Bridges – Also known as Maryland-bonded bridges, resin-bonded bridges are primarily used for the front teeth. They are less expensive than fixed bridges and are best for use when the teeth are healthy and do not have any large fillings. During this procedure, a false tooth is fused with resin to metal bands which are then bonded to the adjacent teeth and hidden from view. Resin-bonded bridges require only minimal preparation of the adjacent teeth.
Cantilever Bridges – These bridges are used in areas of the mouth that are under minimal stress, such as the back teeth. Cantilever bridges are recommended when there are teeth on only one side of the open space.
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Porcelain Bridge Procedure
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.
At the first visit,
- 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 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.
- Your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
- Occasionally Dr. Holbrook may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. 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 aid in the life of your new permanent bridge. 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.
Porcelain Bridge Before and After
How Long Does a Bridge Last
Dental bridges on average can last 5 to 15 years in a patients mouth. Depending on the oral hygiene of the patient the lifespan can vary. With regular checkups and good oral hygiene its common for the bridge to last over 10 years.