- A fixed bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable.
- A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space. It spans the gap between teeth, just as a bridge spans a river.
How is a bridge made?
- The first step is to prepare the supports for the bridge and to take an impression of the prepared teeth.
- The impression is then sent to the dental technician where the bridge is made.
- The technician will make a replacement crown for each prepared tooth and joint them to an artificial tooth, which replaces the missing tooth.
- The dentist will then cement the completed bridge over the prepared teeth.
How will my pared down teeth be protected until I receive my bridge?
- The dentist will make and install a temporary acrylic bridge that will protect the teeth and prevent sensitivity.
- You can eat normally with a temporary bridge. It will also look good.
What is the fixed bridge usually made of?
- With the advent of the newer processes and metals that appear the color of teeth, most bridges are made out of these tooth-colored ceramics.
Will there be any sensitivity after the bridges are placed in the mouth?
- Sensitivity to hot and cold sometimes occurs after the bridge has been cemented, but this is usually temporary.
How well will I be able to chew with a fixed bridge?
- Eating with a fixed bridge should be as comfortable as with natural teeth.
How successful are fixed bridges?
- Fixed bridges have been used successfully for many years to replace one or more missing teeth.
- When properly maintained as part of a program of daily oral hygiene, they can last for many years.