Porcelain Fixed Bridges
The dentists at Serenity Dental provide porcelain fixed bridges to help restore your smile. A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. At Serenity Dental in Woodbury, we work with a local lab that helps provide many types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.
The most common type of bridge is a “traditional bridge.” A traditional bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are the most common, because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consist 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.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. In time, they may need to be replaced or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge at Serenity Dental
- 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 does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge at Serenity Dental requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an accurate impression is made and will be sent to our local lab where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and you will wear up to 2 weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your dentist will carefully check, adjust and cement your permanent bridge. Occasionally, Dr. Ellie or Dr. Amanda may only temporarily cement the bridge. This allows your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will then be permanently cemented later.
You will receive care instructions from the dentist and assistants at the conclusion of your visit. By proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.