In the world of dentistry, a bridged is a dental appliance that is fixed inside the mouth as a replacement for missing teeth.
There are many different types of bridges, including but certainly not limited to:
Just like many other dental restorations, porcelain fixed bridges are not necessarily a permanent solution. They may need to be replaced or even re-cemented one day. However, you can extend the life of your porcelain bridge by maintaining good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing and making sure to see your dentist for regular checkups. Patients who follow these guidelines should get many years of use out of their porcelain bridges, which will contribute to the patient having an attractive, long-lasting smile.
At Empress Walk Dental, we are typically able to install porcelain fixed bridges in a patient’s mouth in only one appointment due to our powerful CEREC technology. In instances where the bridge must be created in an off-site dental laboratory, the patient must have extremely accurate molds/impressions taken and then return at a later date for second appointment to finish the bridge procedure. In the meantime, the patient will be given a temporary bridge, which they will wear for a duration of multiple weeks while they wait for the permanent bridge to be completed.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, the patient will return to our office so that the dentist can check and adjust the bridge to make sure it fits properly before cementing it into the patient’s mouth. In some cases, the dentist may choose to cement the bridge on a temporary basis at first to give the patient’s tissue a chance to adjust to the new bridge being there. For these patients, the new bridge will be permanently cemented on a later date.
Once the new porcelain fixed bridge has been installed in the patient’s mouth, the dentist will give the patient careful instructions about how to care for it during the healing process and throughout the life of the restoration. It is key that the patient not only listen to what the dentist has to say but also be prepared to follow the instructions as soon as they get home from the procedure.