Porcelain Fixed Bridges in North Miami Beach, FL
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more 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 will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do bridges last?
With proper care and a diligent oral hygiene routine, your dental bridge can last anywhere from eight to 15 years. We recommend scheduling biannual visits to our North Miami Beach office so Dr. Abbo can examine your bridge and provide professional cleanings to keep it in top shape. It’s also best to avoid biting into hard foods such as hard candy or apples, as this can potentially damage the bridge.
How do I care for my bridge?
Caring for your dental bridge is very similar to caring for your natural teeth. It’s important to brush twice a day, floss regularly, and rinse after meals. In addition, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching or damaging the bridge.
If you grind your teeth, tell Dr. Abbo, and he may recommend an oral appliance like a customized mouthguard to help prevent you from damaging the bridge during your sleep.
Are dental bridges safe?
Yes, dental bridges are completely safe. If you’re feeling any sensitivity during the procedure, Dr. Abbo can apply a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. If you suffer from heightened dental anxiety, ask the doctor about sedation dentistry options. Your health and safety are always our team’s primary concerns, and we want you to feel comfortable during your experience.