Replacing What's Missing
A porcelain dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and an excellent way to replace missing teeth. It is one of the most popular methods because of how closely bridges resemble your natural teeth.
A porcelain bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap created by your missing teeth.
THE REASONS FOR GETTING A FIXED BRIDGE INCLUDE:
Filling the space of missing teeth
Maintaining facial shape
Preventing the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Restoring chewing, speaking ability and smiles smile
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
WHAT DOES IT REQUIRE?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. Dr. Shaffer will numb your teeth and make sure you are comfortable, and then prepare the anchor teeth. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new permanent bridge.