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Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A bridge is a custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth that literally “bridges the gap.” Artificial teeth are attached to gum-colored plastic bases. The bases are attached to a framework supported by abutments.

There are two types of bridges: removable and fixed. Both can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Porcelain bridges are often bonded to the precious or non-precious metal.

With proper care, the life of a bridge is 10-20 years. Typically, two office visits are required to prepare, complete, and fit a permanent bridge.

Warning Signs

Visit your Dentist  if you have one or more missing teeth and experience any of these symptoms:

  • A noticeable difference in your ability to speak or chew
  • A change in the shape of your face or the self-confidence of your smile

Left untreated, missing teeth will:

  • Produce an unstable bite and dental stress that can damage teeth and gums or cause headaches
  • Increase your risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay

When Prescribed

A bridge is often prescribed:

  • When one or more teeth are missing, and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap
  • As part of a dental restoration plan after the removal of damaged, decayed, or broken teeth

Bridge Types

Whether removable or fixed, a bridge is anchored in place by abutments.

Removable Bridge

A removable bridge is detached by its wearer for daily cleaning and at bedtime. It is prescribed when:

  • Teeth adjacent to the gap are weak
  • There are multiple missing teeth
  • There are no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge provides greater stability than a removable bridge because it is permanently anchored to abutments by use of bonding or a crown. Only a Dentist or Specialist can remove it.

Fixed bridges must be cleaned daily using dental floss and a specially-  made aid.

Patient Experience

After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will discuss treatment options and answer your questions. If the agreed-upon treatment is a dental bridge, here’s what to expect:

  • A local anesthetic is applied so your Dentist can prepare the abutments. If an abutment tooth is decayed or broken, your Dentist may first need to rebuild and protect it with a crown.
  • A putty-like material is used to make an impression of your prepared teeth. Your bridge will be fabricated for a precise fit based on this impression.
  • To protect your teeth and gums until your permanent bridge is ready, your Dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge.
  • During a second office visit, your Dentist will fit and attach your permanent bridge.
 
Office location
Hershey
HERSHEY DENTAL CARE
555 E.CHOCOLATE AVE,STE.101
HERSHEY,PA 17033

Time
Mon-Fri : 9AM to 6PM
Sat : 10AM to 4PM