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Fixed Bridges

A fixed dental bridge is an appliance inserted in the mouth in the place of missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. Our professionals at March Dental will discuss the best option available for your particular dental health needs. The most aesthetically pleasing bridge available is made of porcelain. This type of bridge often consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by on or more missing teeth or decay development at the margins of the bridge.

Bridges are highly durable and with proper care will last many years. However, as with most dental appliances, over time they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear and tear.

Reasons for a bridge:

What is involved in getting a fixed bridge:

If you elect to get a bridge, you will be required to visit us on at least two occasions.

In the first visit, after a numbing agent is applied to the affected area. The teeth that will serve as anchors for the appliance are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to compensate for the thickness of the material from which the bridge is made. During the same visit a mold will be taken of the affected area. The mold is then sent off to the dental lab for your bridge to be fabricated. While you await the completion of your bridge by the lab, our dentist will insert a temporary bridge, which you can wear until your real bridge is ready to be cemented into place.

During your second visit to the office, your real bridge will be carefully checked by our dentist and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. Finally, it will be cemented as a fixed dental appliance in your mouth. In some instances, our dentist will only temporarily cement the real bridge in order to allow your teeth and tissue to adjust to the bridge. In this case, then the real bridge will be permanently cemented later.

Proper brushing, flossing and regular visits to our office will help maintain the long-term viability of your new bridge.