Fix Your Smile with Porcelain Fixed Bridges

Missing teeth can really sap your confidence, particularly when those missing are front teeth. It can make a person avoid smiling, consciously trying to hide his or her gap-toothed smile. A fixed porcelain bridge from our practice can give you back a great-looking smile you’ll be proud to show off.

A fixed dental bridge is a way to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth, providing an anchor for false teeth to replace the missing teeth. There are several types of bridges and we’ll discuss your options that will work the best for your particular situation.

The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. However, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

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What is a porcelain fixed bridge?

A porcelain fixed bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal, providing enduring strength. Today, most bridges are of the “fixed” variety, whereas older bridges were often removable. We believe fixed bridges are a better solution because they provide better stability.

A porcelain fixed bridge consists of two crowns on the teeth on each side of the missing teeth. These are called the anchoring or abutment teeth. Crowns are placed on these teeth and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth) that replace the missing tooth or teeth. We recommend the pontics be made of porcelain to provide the most natural-looking result.

Why should I get a fixed bridge?

Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. Without the pressure to stay in place the teeth on each side of a gap tend to move into the open space. Missing teeth also lead to deterioration of the gum tissue where the teeth were anchored.

Here are several reasons patients opt for fixed bridges.

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent the adjacent teeth from moving into the gap
  • Restore chewing and/or biting capability
  • Restore speaking diction
  • Restore the cosmetic appearance of your smile
  • Replace a partial, removable denture

What is the process for getting a porcelain fixed bridge?

The placement of a fixed bridge generally requires two visits to our offices. During your first appointment, the abutment teeth are prepared for their crowns by shaving off a portion of the enamel. This makes room for the crowns, which will cover the teeth all the way down to the gumline. At this point, whatever dentist you’re working with — Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin, — will take detailed impressions of your bite and teeth to send to a dental lab for fabrication of your bridge. We will also use the impressions to make a temporary bridge that we place while your bridge is being created (usually two weeks).

When your bridge is finished, you’ll return and we’ll assess the fit and cosmetic match of your permanent bridge. We’ll adjust the fit as needed until you’re satisfied. In some cases, we’ll place temporary cement onto your bridge so you can be confident in the fit before we permanently cement it into place.

Do porcelain bridges need special care?

You care for your fixed bridge the same way you do natural teeth; simple daily brushing and flossing, along with twice-yearly exams and professional cleanings, are all that’s needed. It is wise to avoid really sticky foods such as caramels. Even though they probably won’t damage your bridge, chewing them can place undo pressure on the cement and the appliance. With proper care, your bridge can easily last at least 10 years or even longer.

Contact Drs. Hoffenberg and Amin today to schedule your fixed bridge consultation at (847) 367-6760. You can also read more about fixed bridges and our other offered services on our blog!