For one or more missing teeth, a fixed bridge may replace them. It can look, feel and function just like the teeth being replaced.
WHAT IS A FIXED BRIDGE?
A fixed bridge replaces a tooth or teeth where one or more teeth have been lost. When permanently fixed into place, it will replicate the appearance and feel of the missing teeth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FIXED BRIDGE?
If you are missing one or more teeth, a fixed bridge can be one of the best ways to replace those teeth. Because it is permanent, it looks, and functions like normal teeth and has an excellent long term prognosis. It will help maintain the natural shape of your face, supporting your lips and cheeks.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS REQUIRED TO GET A FIXED BRIDGE?
You will need to have the teeth next to the space prepared for a crown. Then an impression of your teeth will be made for our laboratory to create the prosthesis (bridge). At a second appointment the final bridge will be permanently cemented into place. Between the two appointments you will have a temporary bridge that looks and feels very similar to the final teeth.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN MAKING A FIXED BRIDGE?
Most bridges in our office are made of pure ceramic materials to avoid the use of metals. This avoids the unsightly dark lines at the gum level and creates a restoration that is more biocompatible.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A FIXED BRIDGE?
You are a candidate if you have teeth either side of the space where you are missing teeth. However, if the area of the missing teeth is large and the adjacent teeth are weak, then implants are an alternative option.
ARE BRIDGES OUTDATED?
Bridges have been successfully used for decades and continue to represent modern dental treatment. Though implants offer an alternative to a fixed bridge, you may have a case where a fixed bridge will be much less complicated, less expensive, or more esthetic than implants. Dr. Seal will advise you which solution is best for your individual case.