A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable device, and it is an excellent option to replace missing teeth.
Reasons for needing a dental bridge:
• Filling a space created by missing teeth.
• Preserving facial shape.
• Avoiding having remaining teeth from drifting out of their normal position.
• Improving chewing and talking capability.
• Restoring the appearance of your smile.
• Upgrading from a detachable partial denture to a permanent dental device.
When a tooth is missing or is so badly decayed that it needs to be removed, dental bridges offer an economical and comfortable solution to replacement. Dental bridges are made up of a false tooth (or teeth) to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is put in place and connected to an existing tooth on either side of the gap.
Dental bridges can also be supported from below by dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots, bonded to the jawbone with a small titanium post to provide a permanent foundation for the bridges.
There are many forms of dental bridges. Both you and your dental practitioner will discuss the best choices for your particular situation. The “traditional bridge” is considered the most common kind and it is generally made from porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular option because they most closely resemble your normal teeth. This kind of bridge is made up of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are usually affixed to artificial teeth called pontics, filling the space caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are very durable and can last for many years, but they might require replacement or being re-cemented due to of typical wear.
Obtaining a dental bridge generally calls for two or more visits. After the area has been numbed, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by eliminating part of enamel to allow for a crown. Then a very precise impression is made which is delivered to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be constructed. Also, a short-term bridge is made to be worn by you for several weeks until your next appointment, when the permanent bridge will be installed.
On your second appointment, your permanent bridge will be very carefully examined, modified, and cemented to obtain a correct fit.
You will get care directions during the end of the treatment.
Come in for a consultation at Minneapolis Dental to see if dental bridges are the right cosmetic dentistry option for you. Or call us today at 612-332-1255. Our office is located on the 14th floor of the 150 South Fifth Street Tower (at 2nd Ave S and 5th St.) – within walking distance for those on the downtown Minneapolis skyway. We also offer complimentary parking!