The Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist is pleased to offer our patients different types of bridges. You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” which can be made using different materials including all-porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
A traditional bridge usually includes two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
When are Fixed Bridges Used?
You and your dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
- Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture
How Are Fixed Bridges Applied?
Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown.
The Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist will then take an impression of your teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.
Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.
At the conclusion of this visit you receive instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.
Please Contact Us for More Information
We would be happy to answer your questions about dental bridges and our other types of tooth replacement. Please contact our dentist office to arrange a convenient consultation.