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Cosmetic Dentistry- Porcelain Fixed Bridges 




Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is a type of dental appliance that is non removable (hence the name fixed bridge). Typically it is a solution for replacing any missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges, all of them come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Depending the location of the area where the bridge will be placed that will most likely determine which kind of bridge and what kind of material to construct it from. However, you are free to discuss this with us. Most of the time we use a traditional bridge which is made from porcelain and then fused to metal. These are the most popular amongst our patients because they often resemble the natural look of your teeth. We make every effort to enhance your smile. This type of bridge is made up of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (Abutment Teeth) and then attached to the artificial teeth which then fills the gap of the missing teeth.

As with most dental restorations, bridges may have to be replaced, remade or repaired at some point in time. Most patients have kept the same crown in for years and some have kept them even longer! Bridges are designed to match the size, shape and color of your teeth giving you that natural look. That being said, they are very durable and will provide you will many long lasting years, giving you that beautiful smile that you have always wanted.


Reasons for Porcelain Fixed Bridge:

- Restore lost teeth and support remaining teeth
- Restores and maintains your natural bite
- Prevents undue stress on natural teeth
- Improves your speech, smile and chewing ability
- Helps prevent further dental decay and gum disease
- Prevents tilting and shifting of adjacent teeth
- Restore your smile
- Maintain facial shape

What is involved in a Porcelain Fixed Bridge?

This procedure usually requires two appointments. Prior to any work being done we will numb the area surrounding the teeth to ensure that you will experience no pain. To start off we take the two anchoring teeth that are being used are prepared for the crown. This is done by carefully removing a small section of the enamel (hard coating surrounding each individual tooth), this will allow the crown to be placed. After the teeth are prepared, then we will take a high precise impression (mold) of the teeth which will then be sent off to a Dental Laboratory. The bridge will be custom made and will be ready in about 1-2 weeks. When the bridge is back your next appointment will take place shortly there after.

During the second appointment, your permanent bridge will be checked and minor adjustments may be made. Following this step, your bridge will be permanently cemented on. On rare occasions for patients with sensitive gums or teeth, we may temporarily cement the bridge, this will allow the teeth and gums to get used to the bridge.

After the procedure you will be given post procedural care instructions. As with any examination or procedure good oral hygiene practices, and regular dental examination visits will be encouraged to maintain the life of your porcelain bridge and your smile.

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