If you need to replace missing teeth, a porcelain bridge may be the solution for you. Unlike dentures, which are removable, bridges are fixed in the mouth. They are placed in patients who still retain some of the natural teeth, as the bridge is anchored to the neighboring teeth. Bridges made of porcelain provide the most realistic and attractive results. There are three types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded. Each treats a different kind of missing space, but they all rely on neighboring teeth to act as anchors.
Getting a dental bridge placed requires multiple dental appointments. First, the abutment teeth will be prepared to receive dental crowns. They must be filed down a small portion to make room for the crowns. Impressions will then be taken and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be created. A temporary bridge will be placed in the meantime. During a separate appointment, once the bridge has returned from the dental lab, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge placed. Further appointments may be necessary to adjust the bridge to achieve the best fit.
Bridges require the same care as natural teeth – regular brushing and flossing, as well as dental appointments to allow your dentist to check on the state of the bridges.