Porcelain fixed bridges are non-removable dental appliances used to restore teeth that are missing. They are the most popular choice among traditional dental bridges since they come quite close to natural teeth in color and appearance.
Porcelain fixed bridges are made of porcelain material which is fused to metal. They consist of two crowns anchored to abutment teeth (teeth supporting the bridge) and are attached to pontics or the artificial teeth. This way, gaps resulting from one or more missing teeth are filled.
Porcelain bridges are quite reliable and durable. With proper care, they will last through the years although they might occasionally need to be re-cemented into place on account of normal wear.
Porcelain fixed bridges may be recommended for the following:
What is the process of getting porcelain fixed bridges?
You will need to visit your dentist at least twice to get a porcelain fixed bridge. On the first visit, your dentist will prepare the two abutment or anchoring teeth by removing part of the enamel to make way for a crown. This is usually done with a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist will take a highly precise impression of the teeth using a mold that will be sent to a dental laboratory so your dental bridge can be made. Meanwhile, a temporary bridge will be placed on the treated area for you to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.
You dentist will call you for a second visit once your permanent bridge arrives from the lab. He will check this thoroughly then adjust and cement it into place to ensure a good fit. In some instances, a dentist will cement the bridge temporarily so your teeth and gums get accustomed to the new bridge. Once you’re comfortable with it, the dentist will cement this permanently.
Your dentist will give home care instructions once the treatment is over. Your new permanent bridge will serve you for long years with proper brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your dentist.