Fixed Dental Bridges are non-removable dental appliances that are made when one or more teeth are missing and are affecting the functional and/or cosmetic aspects of a person's smile.
A Dental Bridge or a Dental Implant may be considered when deciding how to replace a missing tooth in a patient's mouth, depending on the situation. There are a few different options when it comes to dental bridges, but the most popular bridge is the "Traditional Bridge."
The Traditional Bridge is made of a porcelain shell with a core of metal that helps strengthen the restoration. Two crowns are made to cover existing teeth and create an anchor for the bridge part of the restoration called the Pontic. The Pontic is the area in the middle of the restoration that fills the gap made by the missing tooth or teeth.
Why Do I Need a Fixed Bridge?
Fixed bridges are necessary for many reasons, including the following:
- When a patient has lost one or more teeth
- To prevent teeth from shifting due to the gap
- Restore natural function to the area, including chewing and speaking
- Restore the cosmetic appearance of your teeth
- Drifting teeth can alter the shape of your face. A bridge serves to avoid this
- A person with a removable partial denture may prefer a more permanent solution
When a bridge is necessary, the dentist will explain the process of the procedure, how many appointments it will take, as well as provide instructions on how to care for your new restoration.
Feel free to contact us with any questions at 281-492-6064.