What Are Fixed Bridges?
When seeking a replacement for missing teeth, a bridge is one of the most common solutions. Though, they are not all created equal. There are a few different types of bridges that are frequently used to meet the needs of dental patients, but one of the most popular is a fixed bridge.
This non-removable, high-functioning option for tooth replacement may be a great choice, but how does it work? What is a fixed bridge?
Let’s find out.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A fixed bridge is placed between two teeth as a means of taking the place of one or more missing teeth. Teeth on either side of the space have a crown placed on them and serve as anchors for the artificial tooth (known as a pontic).
The fixed bridge is then cemented in place using the crown.
The entire procedure may take more than one dental visit to complete. The reason for this is that they are custom-made to fit the teeth in size, contour, color, and the like. It is not uncommon for the dentist to create a temporary bridge before placing the fixed bridge.
Impressions will be taken and your bite will be checked to ensure that your bridge gives you the best fit - and the greatest results.
Is it necessary to get a bridge?
When you lose a tooth, not addressing the empty space left in your mouth can lead to a lot of dental problems. See, each tooth relies on the one next to it for support. Without it, the teeth can begin to shift over time resulting in overcrowding, crooked teeth, gaps, and tooth decay.
A fixed bridge prevents this from happening.
Purpose of a Fixed Bridge
The main purpose of a fixed bridge is to fill in a gap where teeth are missing. But, in doing so, they actually serve additional purposes, as well.
A fixed bridge will help you with:
- Restoring your smile
- Providing support to adjacent teeth, keeping them in place
- Maintaining your facial structure
- Making it easy to eat/chew and speak
Fixed bridges also get rid of the need for partial, removable dentures for something that is a more permanent dental solution.
Caring For a Fixed Bridge
Caring for a fixed bridge is quite easy - as long as you maintain good oral hygiene. You will need to brush your teeth at least twice per day, floss daily, and visit your dentist routinely for professional cleanings.
On average, a fixed dental bridge can last about 5 to 7 years. With exceptional care, the bridge can last upwards of 10 years.
Is a Fixed Bridge Right For You?
If you are missing teeth and are interested in a solution to bridge the gap, the dental experts at Fairbanks Dental Associates can help.
Whether it is using a fixed bridge, dental implants, or one of the many other procedures, taking steps to improve your oral health is one of the best steps you can take for your overall health.