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What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that replaces missing teeth. A dental bridge is made of porcelain fused to metal material or of a solid all porcelain material. Porcelain fixed bridges are esthetic because they resemble your natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring or abutment teeth and are attached to pontics or artificial teeth, thus filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are durable and can last many years, however at times they may need replacement due to normal wear.

Reasons for a Dental bridge:

• Restore chewing and speaking ability.
– Fill space of missing teeth.
• Maintain facial shape and restore your smile.
– Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
• Change from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental bridge

What are the steps of
getting a permanent
dental bridge?

A couple of dental visits are required to get a permanent dental
bridge. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are
prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow enough room for
a crown. Then a highly accurate impression or mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your bridge is fabricated and ready to be cemented.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and permanently cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive care instructions which include proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits that can help in the life of your new permanent bridge.

What are Dental Bridges?

A removable dental appliance replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. It is made to resemble natural teeth and enhance your smile. The appliance can also improve chewing, speech, and digestion. The appliance is very durable and can last many years but may need to be repaired or remade due to normal use and wear.
Complete dentures are made to replace all missing teeth. Two main types of complete dentures are “conventional” or “immediate” dentures. A conventional denture is made after all the teeth are removed and the tissues have healed, which can take 6 to 8 weeks. During this healing time the patient will not have any teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after all the teeth are removed. In this way the patient will not be without teeth during the healing process. After the tissues will shrink and heal, adjustments will need to be made.

Reasons for a Dental bridge:

• Restore chewing and speaking ability.
– Fill space of missing teeth.
• Maintain facial shape and restore your smile.
– Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
• Change from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental bridge

What are the steps of getting a permanent dental bridge?

A couple of dental visits are required to get a permanent dental bridge. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow enough room for a crown. Then a highly accurate impression or mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your bridge is fabricated and ready to be cemented.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and permanently cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive care instructions which include proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits that can help in the life of your new permanent bridge.