Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A porcelain fixed bridge is a non-removable appliance used to replace missing teeth.
The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type of bridge and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain bridges are popular because they are white and resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth that are attached to artificial teeth that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal bridges are strong and will last many years. A porcelain fixed bridge restores your smile by filling the space of missing teeth and helping to maintain facial shape. Bridges also enhance function by restoring chewing and speaking ability and preventing other teeth from drifting out of position. This type of cosmetic dentistry is less expensive than you may think.
The Process of Getting a Fixed Bridge
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. After you are comfortable and completely numb, Dr. Shumway prepares the two anchoring teeth for the crowns that will hold your bridge in place. Next, an accurate impression is made and sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge that you will wear until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be checked, adjusted, and carefully cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new permanent porcelain fixed bridge.
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