Porcelain Bridges

A female dental patient sitting in a dental chair awaiting porcelain bridge procedure

Porcelain bridges are beautiful and durable restorations. The most common type of bridge consists of a strong mettle center, covered porcelain that has been carefully selected to match the surrounding teeth. A bridge is made of two crowns that cover the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) next to the missing tooth, and are attached to a suspended crown (pontic) to replace the missing tooth.

Positives of a Porcelain Bridge

  • Fills a space from missing teeth.
  • Cosmetic in appearance.
  • Maintains facial shape.
  • Prevents teeth from tipping into a space left by missing teeth.
  • Restores chewing and speaking ability.
  • Is not removable, but is stable and durable.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

Drawbacks of a Porcelain Bridge

  • It is difficult to clean under a bridge.
  • Bridges are susceptible to decay, and if one area of the bridge fails, they whole bridge has to be replaced. Consequently, it is essential to carefully clean the bridge every day.
  • A bridge requires to teeth adjacent to the space to have a crown. If the teeth already need a crown, this is not a drawback, but if the teeth have not had much restorative work on the teeth, this weakens the existing teeth.

What does getting a bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is created. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.

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