Dental Bridges/Fixed Bridges
Dental bridges are also known as fixed bridges, because these appliances are permanent. There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever and Maryland bonded. They all have their similarities, but the traditional bridge is the most common type. It is constructed with either a porcelain covered metal or ceramic. This is a preferred method because it provides a natural look, feel and function.
Both ceramic and porcelain bridges may be installed to address a few different issues, including:
- Missing Teeth
- Facial Injury
- Chewing Issues
- Utilizing Removable Dentures
Fixed bridges can help to address all of the aforementioned cases. The bridge fills in any gaps between teeth or in the place of missing teeth. This helps to keep them from spreading out in the mouth. It also helps to limit the chances of infection or disease and keep the gums and jaw bone strong. The false teeth are made of durable materials, so they are able to function similar to regular teeth. This helps to address any chewing or biting concerns. Also, as a permanent solution it eliminates the need to remove dentures, which is another way to help decrease possible bacteria and infection issues. It should be noted that over time the bridges will most likely need to be replaced, however with proper care they can last for many years.
Installing bridges is usually completed in two visits. In the first visit your dentist will numb your anchor teeth, the teeth that the bridge will be connected to, and remove some of the enamel to allow the crown to sit properly. Then an impression, or mold, of your mouth is made and sent to a dental laboratory for your bridge to be constructed. In the meantime, a temporary bridge is installed and stays in place until your next appointment.
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During the second appointment the permanent bridge is checked against your mouth to ensure that it will fit properly. If needed, adjustments are made and then it is installed. In some cases, the bridge is only temporary cemented in your mouth to make sure that it fits and works properly. After a few weeks it is checked, and if your mouth is adjusting properly the bridge is permanently installed.
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If you are considering porcelain bridges, as your local dentist office we at Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania would love to assist you. We are committed to working with our patients to meet your personal goals and to make the process as smooth and affordable as possible. For more information, contact us today by phone: 215-643-0363, or stop by our office.