Porcelain Fixed Bridges

An excellent way to replace missing teeth is a fixed dental bridge (non-removable).

We’ll go over your options for a particular situation, as there are several types of bridges. There are the traditional bridges, and are made of porcelain, attached permanently to metal wiring. These are the most popular choice and has been for decades. The disadvantage of these types of bridges is that the metal attachment wiring shows quite plainly and collects bacteria and food particles. Porcelain fixed bridges have taken first priority for patients because they look natural, resembling your real teeth, and are quite durable. To fill a gap of one or more teeth, crowns are placed over an anchor tooth on either side of the gap, and are attached to artificial teeth. These are known as pontiffs.

Dental fixed bridges will last for years, but may require replacement or re-cementing due to normal wear. Regular checkups will identify any potential problems and their repairs scheduled.

Why You Might Need a Fixed Bridge

  • To fill the gap from missing teeth
  • To restore your chewing capabilities
  • Keep your real teeth from drifting and becoming loose
  • To restore your facial appearance
  • Improve your speech
  • To restore your smile
  • Replace a removable partial denture

The Process

We will schedule at least two appointments for fitting a porcelain fixed bridge. First, we’ll numb the affected area of the anchor teeth. The enamel of both teeth will have a bit of it removed so that the crown will fit without creating an overly large tooth. Dental molds or impressions will be made and sent to the dental lab for fabrication. While waiting for the fabricated appliance to return, a temporary bridge will be made and placed to allow for effective chewing and appearance.

Your second appointment will be to fit your new bridge. We’ll perform a physical examination and evaluation of your new appliance prior to fitting, adjust it to fit properly and cement it into place. It is possible that we will need to use temporary cement to allow for your mouth to become adjusted to the new bridge, and an additional appointment may be needed to permanently fix it to your teeth.

Proper dental hygiene will maintain your fixed bridge as if they were your real teeth, so brush, floss and make regular visits for ongoing maintenance and examination.

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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
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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