Fixed or Removable Bridges

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Dental Bridges – An Effective And Healthy Option For Replacing Teeth

You could be a suitable candidate for a fixed or removable bridge, if you have a missing teeth gap or gaps in your mouth. However, if you think you might be a possible candidate for a fixed dental bridge, you need to first be made aware of some of the important facts.  

Three of those facts are listed below:

You could be a suitable candidate for a fixed or removable bridge, if you have a missing teeth gap or gaps in your mouth. However, if you think you might be a possible candidate for a fixed dental bridge, you need to first be made aware of some of the important facts. 

  • A fixed bridge has a fabricated, or false tooth in its middle (a Pontic), and two anchor crowned teeth, which are known as abutment teeth.
  • These abutment teeth must be healthy and strong in order for a bridge to be fully and completely supported. 
  • Your dentist can place implants in strategic locations for the further securing of your fixed bridge, if healthy teeth are not available to use as abutment teeth. 
When it comes to placing a fixed bridge, there are two prerequisites and they are listed below:
  • The gap must have healthy, strong teeth on both sides of it
  • Have a gap that consists of at least one missing tooth

Dental bridges which are crafted of either metal, porcelain or some combination of both materials can last for ten to twenty years, with the proper at-home oral care routine.

If the decision is made to use porcelain in the construction of the fixed bridge, the dentist will usually match it to the natural color of the surrounding teeth, using a procedure known in the dental profession as custom shading. By doing so, the average person will never know you have a bridge. 

Fixed dental bridges constructed with porcelain are a great solution for patients who want to:
  • Provide a stable and durable solution that also creates more aesthetic beauty
  • Reposition surrounding teeth to allow for more articulate speech
  • Create a more youthful look by improving internal mouth structure
Removable bridges are more practical for everyday cleaning and they are best for people who fit the following three scenario:
  • They have multiple teeth missing, front and back
  • The teeth surrounding their gaps are weak or unstable
  • All their back teeth are missing

These bridges, whether fixed or removable, are constructed by experienced and highly skilled dentists in what is usually two office visits described below:

  • During the first office visit, the dentist will make an impression of the area inside your mouth to be fitted, and then a specially trained technician will create a temporary, custom-fit bridge for you to wear home until your permanent bridge is finished.
  • The second office visit will consist of fitting and attaching your fixed or removable bridge, thus removing any need for the worry or embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

If you or anyone in your family currently has a need for the solutions described in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact the dentist in your area for a thorough evaluation as to the type of bridge (fixed or removable) and the best material, metal or porcelain, to be used.

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