A porcelain fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation. This creates a bridge between the remaining teeth and the missing teeth.
Dental porcelain can be shaped to replicate the original teeth and can fit comfortably within the established bite pattern. Porcelain is very durable and will withstand most natural tooth functions, and can mimic tooth enamel with its glass-like whiteness and translucence (Which allows light to penetrate and and scatter as it does with natural organic teeth).
These bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth which are held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are also called abutments, they are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Traditional bridges can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth. Bridges are even strong enough to replace molars.
The downside of traditional bridges is that our dentist will need to prepare the adjacent teeth by removing their enamel to make room for the crowns that will be cemented on top. As enamel does not grow back, these teeth will need to be protected with crowns, even if you later choose a different type of bridge.
Cantilever bridges is another option available to you for replacing missing teeth. They are very similar to traditional bridges, but the artificial teeth are supported by an abutment on only one side, rather than on both sides like with the traditional bridge. So if there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured.
Like traditional bridges, our dentist will need to prepare the adjacent tooth to support the bridge by removing its enamel. Because these restorations are only supported on one side, they may act as a lever in some cases.
Maryland bridges are considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges. These bridges consist of artificial teeth that is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the backs of the two teeth next to the missing tooth. Since this type of bridge isn't held in place by crowns, the adjacent teeth don't need to be filed down.
While Maryland bridges are more conservative than traditional bridges, they do have their downsides. The strength of the bridge is limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place, so it may not stay in place in areas of the mouth where the teeth are subjected to a lot of biting force, like the molars. The framework may also get in the way of your gums or your bite.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. For this article
Next, impressions of the teeth are made from a dental lab. Our dentist will be able to use a bridge while the bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and a new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a comfortable fit. Multiple views of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual's case. The dental bridge is a fixed bridge. After a couple of weeks.
Maintaining a porcelain bridge is actually quite simple. Treat your bridge in the same manner as you would original teeth, with routine brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate your bridge shortly after it’s placed, so our dentist can review his handiwork and see how your mouth is reacting to the treatment.