Replace Missing Teeth
Reimagine your smile with no gaps. At Phoenixville Dental, we can fill those troublesome gaps with a dental bridge. 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. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of 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. With a dental bridge, your smile can be just as you imagined.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth
Maintain facial shape
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Restore your smile
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What is involved with getting a dental bridge?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. On the first visit, abutment teeth are numbed and a portion of the enamel removed to allow for a perfectly fitting crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated to carefully match the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Before you leave, a temporary bridge will be installed over the prepared teeth and worn for a couple of weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new bridge.