Fixed Bridges

To replace one or more missing teeth, a fixed bridge may be recommended. A fixed bridge is a removable dental appliance designed to maintain proper teeth alignment so as to not allow them to shift causing bone loss. If there are quite a lot of missing teeth in more than one area, there may be other, more sensible alternatives suggested.

Traditional bridges are made by fusing porcelain teeth to a metal binding frame. Two crowns will be made to fit exactly over the anchor teeth (the abutment teeth). The gap between these anchor teeth is filled with what we call pontics, or artificial teeth. The wire framing is further used to anchor the new appliance.

Like most dental appliances we recommend, they will last for many, many years, but may require re-cementing of the crowns, repair to any pontics that may have gotten damaged and so forth. Your individual oral health regimen will dictate what, if any restoration or replacement may dictate.

Why a Fixed Bridge?

  • Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment or becoming loose
  • Replace missing teeth to fill gaps and restore your smile
  • Allow for proper speech, chewing and oral health
  • Restore your facial features and smile enhancement
  • Upgrade from a partial removable denture to a permanent solution


Fitting you with a fixed dental bridge will require multiple appointments. At your first appointment, we will numb the affected area and prepare the anchor teeth (where the teeth will butt up to). The process is to remove a small portion of the tooth enamel from the anchor teeth so that the crown fits properly with the remaining teeth. Precise molds are taken so the dental lab can craft a well-fitting permanent solution to your missing teeth. This process will take three to six weeks depending on the complexity of the work, and their respective volume. A temporary bridge will be made and placed to allow for normal use until your follow up appointment once the permanent bridge is delivered from the dental lab.

Your second appointment will allow the inspection, review and fitting of your new dental appliance, and will be cemented into place assuring a proper fit. There have been occasions where gum and oral tissue may require time for healing and adjustment to the new bridge, so temporary cement is used, and an additional appointment is then required to permanently cement your fixed bridge into place.

As is routine, we will provide proper care and maintenance of your new dental fixed bridge. A regimen of good oral hygiene of regular brushing, flossing and routine dental check-ups will help you to extend the life of your dental appliance and maintain good oral health.



Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136



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