Dental Bridges (Fixed Partial Dental Prosthesis)
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of adjacent teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A fixed dental prosthesis commonly known as a dental bridge is an alternative to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed dental bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a treatment option that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are cemented or bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important aspects of our daily life. A fixed dental prosthesis or dental bridge is a great alternative to replace missing teeth when the patient desires a restoration that is fixed in the mouth other than a dental implant.
How long does a dental bridge procedure take?
A fixed dental bridge procedure requires at least two to three visits to the office. Initially, the teeth is prepared and restored with a provisional dental bridge while your definitive dental bridge is fabricated by a certified dental laboratory. At a subsequent appointment, the definitive dental bridge will be permanently cemented or bonded to your teeth.
What materials are used for dental bridges?
Materials used in these restorations are either modern esthetic ceramics, high-grade porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to zirconia among others.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean and healthy. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.