Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
As their name implies, dental bridges literally connect the gap between one or more missing teeth. These bridges are made up of two or more dental crowns that serve as the anchors and a false tooth that is held in place by the anchoring (or abutment) teeth. The false tooth (or pontic) is made from such materials as gold, alloys, or porcelain.
Porcelain fixed bridges—so called because they are non-removable—are commonly used because they resemble natural teeth in terms of size, shape, and color.
One of the primary benefits of porcelain fixed bridges is their durability. In fact, with good oral health maintenance and regular dental visits they can last for several years, if not longer. With that said, due to standard wear and tear, a porcelain fixed bridge may need to be reset or replaced in order to maintain a proper bite, as well as enable normal chewing and swallowing functions.
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Why Get a Porcelain Fixed Bridge?
There are many benefits to having a healthy smile: it helps increase confidence, allows for an easier display of joy, and helps us to engage more fully with others. Other benefits to getting a porcelain fixed bridge include the following:
- Fills the space between missing teeth
- Helps to maintain facial shape
- Restores proper chewing and speaking abilities
- Prevents the shifting of existing teeth
- Distributes biting force evenly between all teeth
- Establishes a fixed dental solution that is permanently installed
- Promotes overall oral health by preventing a negative “ripple effect”
What Are the Dental Bridge Options?
In addition to porcelain fixed bridges, there are other dental bridge options. They include cantilever bridges, which are used for abutment teeth on one side of a gap, and Maryland bonded bridges, which are pontics that are bonded to a set of “wings”—often made of porcelain—to either side. These options tend to be less commonly used than fixed bridges because the situations they address are less common. Also, porcelain bridges are more popular because they come closest to resembling real teeth.
Consult with a Galleria Dental professional to find out which cosmetic dental bridge option is best for you.
How To Get a Porcelain Fixed Bridge
The process of installing a fixed dental bridge can be completed in two in-office visits. In the first visit, the dentist will numb the patient’s mouth so that tooth enamel can be removed. This enamel is removed in order to make room for the crown that will be placed over them. In addition, a mold (or impression) of the patient’s teeth is made so that the abutment teeth can be properly shaped to fit perfectly in place. In the meantime, the dentist will install a temporary bridge that the patient can wear until the dental lab completes the creation of the porcelain fixed bridge.
In the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent porcelain fixed bridge is installed. The dentist will check the bridge and make any adjustments if needed. A temporary cement will likely be put in place to ensure that the new prosthetic fits properly. If it does, then the bridge will be permanently fixed, and instructions will be given to ensure its long-term care.
To learn more about proper porcelain bridge maintenance, contact Galleria Dental today to schedule a check-up appointment.