A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth and technically is a fixed appliance that stays in your mouth forever.
There are a bunch of different types of dental bridges so it is definitely important to make sure you have the conversation with your dentist to decide which type of dental bridge is right for you. The traditional bridge is the most common type of dental bridge and typically is made from porcelain that is then fused to some type of metal.
Dental bridges are very durable and can last for a very long time, but you should keep it into consideration that they may need to be replaced at some point of time or another.
Top Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- To fill in missing teeth space
- To maintain a normal facial shape
- To stop other remaining teeth from shifting out of normal position
- To help out with things like chewing and speaking
- To restore one’s beautiful smile
- To get a kind of upgrade from having a partial denture
What is the procedure of getting a fixed bridge like?
Usually when you get something like a fixed bridge you are going to need to do at least two or more visits to your dentist. The first thing that happens is your teeth are numbed and then the two anchoring teeth are partially removed so that a crown can be placed in those spots. Then a mold is made which is then sent to a lab where the actual bridge is then manufactured, so in the meantime the patient is given a temporary bridge that is usually worn for a few weeks.
At the second appointment the patient is given the permanent bridge after it is very carefully checked and adjusted into the patient’s mouth to ensure the perfect fit. Sometimes a dentist will or will not permanently cement the bridge in the second appointment but it is sometimes up to the patient just to make sure everything is perfect before it becomes permanent.