Restorations – Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance, and an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Sevey will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal or zirconia. This type of bridge consists of crowns that go over the anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and pontics (artificial teeth), that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
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.
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 to Creative Dental Solutions. 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. Sevey 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.
Dr. Sevey will give you care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
For more information on Fixed Dental Bridges in Bangor Maine, contact Dr. Sevey and his team at Creative Dental Solutions today.
Implant Supported Teeth – See section on Implants.
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