Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. These prosthetics last many years, giving you a permanent solution to an incomplete smile.

There are several types of bridges. You and Stuart Anderson, D.D.S., will discuss the best options for your particular case. However, the “traditional bridge” made of porcelain is the most popular type. This type of bridge consists of two crowns (abutments) that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap created by one or more lost teeth.

Reasons for 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 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.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally, Dr. Anderson 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 the procedure. Proper brushing, routine flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.