Bridges are fixed, non-removable restoration apparati primarily used to fill in missing teeth. No longer should you deal with embarrassing gaps, leaving you afraid to smile in public. This is a viable option within our Columbus office, as it is very durable and long-lasting.
The most popular type of porcelain bridge is the traditional, which is constructed of porcelain fused to metal. Crowns are applied to the two teeth on either side of the gap, anchoring the new, replacement teeth. The artificial teeth are held in place, completing the gap.
- Fill space
- Maintain facial shape
- Assist in holding the mouth’s current structure, preventing drifting
- Help with chewing and speaking effectiveness
- Cosmetic dentistry purposes, improving appearance of the smile
- Transition from removable partial denture to permanent solution
The installation of a fixed bridge will normally require two dentist appointments. During the first appointment, the affected area will be numbed and the anchoring teeth will have a thin layer of enamel removed in order to support the crown. Next, impressions will be created to serve as a guide for bridge creation. A temporary bridge will be put into place for a couple weeks, while the permanent apparatus is being fabricated at a dental laboratory.
Once Dr. Walton receives the permanent bridge, a second appointment is scheduled. At this time, the bridge is checked, adjusted and finally cemented in place. Care instructions to elongate the life of the bridge will be discussed, including regular brushing and flossing.