Restorative Dentistry
Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges.  You and your dentist 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.  This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and can last many years, however they may need to be checked routinely to assure that no cavities are forming around the gum line of the abutment teeth.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape due to the loss of a tooth.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting towards the extraction site.
  • 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. First, the anchoring teeth are prepared by reducing the enamel in order to allow for the bridge to be placed over the tooth. 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 custom made from your impression for you to wear until we get your permanent bridge back from the lab.

At the second visit, or "seat" appointment, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked and adjusted to ensure proper bite. If the permanent bridge has checked out, the bridge will then be cemented on with permanent cement. In the circumstance that the proper fit is not achieved, a new impression may need to be taken and the bridge sent back to the lab for necessary adjustments. In this case, the temporary bridge will be re-cemented and another seat appointment made as soon as the bridge is back in.

You will receive 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.